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FINAL UNVEILING: The construction on Diane von Furstenberg's new space at 14th Street and Washington is more or less done, so the designer celebrated on Wednesday night with a crowd that seemed to include every eligible member of the CFDA, as well as friends like Ellen Barkin, Sandra Bernhard, Ann Dexter-Jones, and Anderson Cooper. "I can't even remember when we met," said Bernhard, "but she saw me on Letterman, where I was talking about her line of paper towels" for QVC. Apparently, the designer loved the bit, even if Bernhard did not exactly love the towels. "They had a bit of a problem in the absorption department," she recalled. Nearby, Marlo Thomas was buying a pair of earrings. "Everyone else is drinking," she laughed. "I'm shopping. I love Diane. Did you know that $1 from the sale of every wrap dress goes to St. Jude's Childrens' Research Hospital? She's so generous."
HEAD START: Men's fashion week in Paris kicking off later this month will be minus one big runway spectacle. A Dior spokesman confirmed Thursday there will be no Dior Homme runway show, but rather an "intimate presentation" on Sunday, July 1, to present the spring-summer collection designed by new Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche, who replaced Hedi Slimane in April. The exact time, venue and format of the event have yet to be communicated.
CRYSTAL CRAZE: With Swarovski sponsoring Monday night's CFDA Fashion Awards, it comes as little surprise that the decor inside the New York Public Library will be a little heavy on the crystals. For the night, the Austrian crystal firm asked Studio Job to create several decorative elements, including 52 Insect motif table lamps adorned with more than 10,000 jet crystal beads, and 10 oversize curtain tie-backs with nearly one million embedded jet crystal stones. "Entering this year's CFDA will be like entering an old world, a world with a very important history," Studio Job designers Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel said of the awards' look, in a joint statement.