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START ME UP: Debra Messing already has locked in another designer's dress for Tuesday's premiere in Los Angeles for "The Starter Wife," but that didn't deter her from checking out Alberta Ferretti's resort show Tuesday in New York. "I have been able to wear Alberta's dresses for some of the most important milestones of recent day," the actress said. "And I will continue to ask her or beg her — whatever is necessary — to wear them."
Messing plays the leading role in the USA Network's four-night, six-hour series about a woman redefining herself after being dumped by her Hollywood mogul husband. In real life, Messing is suffering from another kind of separation — a detached ligament on her right hand brought on by skiing.
DESIGN ON A DIME: Seventeen interior designers, including Jamie Drake and Sills Huniford, have created room vignettes for this week's "Design on a Dime" to benefit Housing Works, a community-based AIDS service organization. The event kicks off tonight with a benefit at the Altman Building, followed by a free two-day sale of home goods at consignment store prices. All proceeds go to Housing Works.
PUMA JUNGLE: Sculptural artist Federico Uribe has created a 3-D jungle made entirely out of Puma sneakers. With the help of a single assistant, Uribe spent 10 months disassembling 1,200 pairs of Puma shoes, primarily from the McQueen and Mihara collections, to build panthers, gorillas, birds, insects and their environment — an idea Uribe said he came up with himself. "The jungle represents the predatory condition of humans," said the Columbia-born artist, who lives in Miami. "People destroy animals to make shoes, and I destroyed shoes to make animals." After a stint at Art Basel in Miami in December, the exhibit opens to the public May 22 at the Chelsea Art Museum in Manhattan, where it will stay through Aug. 18. Some of the animals created also will be used in Puma's international ad campaigns.