MAKEUP TO DO: Christina Ricci will help Calvin Klein Inc. make a splashy start with its new makeup line in Milan on Sept. 27 by hosting a party for the collection, which is being produced under license by Markwins International and is beginning its rollout now. CKI's previous color cosmetics collection was produced under license by Unilever Cosmetics International and discontinued in 2003.
BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS: Harry Slatkin, who blended celebrity marketing with traditional candle making, also appears to have a talent in the wedding department. He and his wife, Laura, threw a cocktail party Tuesday evening in their seventh-floor townhouse on 74th Street in Manhattan for their newly married friends John and Anouschka Demsey, who had been given a nudge down the aisle by their mutual friend, Harry. "I don't know if I played matchmaker, but I helped push," Slatkin said, adding later that "my wife and I knew John and Anouschka separately for 20 years and did not know they knew each other." The seriousness of their involvement sunk in when Slatkin started receiving a cross-fire of similar e-mails from the lovers while he was in London, Demsey was in Beverly Hills and Anouschka was at home in New York. Her question to Slatkin was "Do you think John is thinking when?," the middle man recalled, noting he was getting similar queries from Demsey.
What emerged from the heat of the e-mailing was a wedding. "From carrier pigeon to BlackBerry," said Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. "It took 15 years, but we got them to say yes," added Slatkin. "That's what counts."
What first looked like an intimate cocktail party of friends from beauty, fashion and the media overflowed into a crowd of about 75, including Blaine Trump, Iman, Leonard Lauder, William Lauder, Aerin Lauder-Zinterhofer, Thom Brown, Ron Frasch, Cindi Leive, Linda Wells, Bonnie Fuller and Zac Posen. Iman looked especially slim, probably from walking her new three-month-old dog Max morning and night — without any help from husband David Bowie.