Arnault and Pinault Breaking Bread... Tahari Picks a Tent...

Bernard Arnault and François Pinault, the once-warring luxury titans and their spouses, are cohosting a charity dinner.

HAT IN THE RING: Guess co-founder Georges Marciano isn’t the only retail personality with his eyes on political office. Developer Rick Caruso said this week he’s actively contemplating a 2013 run for mayor of Los Angeles in the race to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will have termed out of office. Caruso’s real estate holdings include The Grove, Americana at Brand, the long-delayed Miramar Hotel project in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a handful of other Southern California retail developments. Political analysts said the conservative mall developer fits the profile of a political novice who’s found success in business, and would need to throw big money behind the bid to increase his name recognition and cast himself as a liberal Republican to resonate with Los Angeles voters. But California has never had a dearth of rich and famous political candidates — think current Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood and the late Congressman Sonny Bono. Both Caruso and Marciano are well-known Los Angeles multimillionaires, though that could be among their only political similarities. Marciano is seeking the governor’s seat in Sacramento as an independent. Caruso, a Republican and Catholic, has crossed party lines to back Democratic candidate Jerry Brown for governor. Caruso has said he will make a decision this year on any potential bid for the office.


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