The fashion crowd, meanwhile, was represented by Gilles Mendel and Mary Alice Stephenson, who sat with Clark's Botanicals president Francesco Clark, a former Harper's Bazaar staffer who was just named new spokesman for the Reeve Foundation.
THE RETURN OF WESTWOOD: Could Vivienne Westwood be headed home to London in February? The designer, who's been showing in Paris since the early Eighties, likely will unveil one or more of her fall 2008 collections at London Fashion Week in February, according to industry sources. If so, she'd be the latest in a string of celebrity designers — including Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Luella Bartley and Marc Jacobs — to grace London's catwalks in recent seasons. And, yes, there is method to her madness: The designer plans to launch "Vivienne Westwood Opus," a coffee-table book of portraits she's taken of celebs including Helena Bonham Carter, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. A spokeswoman for Westwood declined to comment.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Owen Wilson and art dealer Tony Shafrazi sure have been palling around a lot lately. First they hit the Guggenheim International gala together last week, and then on Monday night the duo went to Lincoln Center for a dinner celebrating the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Having arrived after the first course, the pair was led to a set of empty seats before being redirected at Stephen Baldwin's request. "It is very important I know how long Owen is in town. I need to give him a copy of my book ["The Unusual Suspect"]," Baldwin said, insisting Wilson sit at his table. Staff obliged, seating Wilson and Shafrazi with Baldwin, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe. Shafrazi proceeded to loudly gab on his cell phone during the brief film honoring Julie Taymor, while Wilson chatted up Miss Universe Riyo Mori and posed for a picture with her pageant colleagues. Their stay was brief. Wilson and Shafrazi left before dessert was served, as did others in the crowd, which included Martin Scorsese, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam and Aidan Quinn.