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04.23.2014
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Fashion Scoops: Nic and Click... He's Baaaack... Right and Left...

Nicolas Ghesquiere is the latest fashion designer reaching out to cyber shoppers.

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NIC AND CLICK: Nicolas Ghesquière is the latest fashion designer reaching out to cyber shoppers. Balenciaga plans to open its first e-commerce site on U.S. territory on May 15, proposing bags, shoes, sunglasses, scarves and jewelry. “It is an extension and adaptation of the existing balenciaga.com site,” said a Balenciaga spokesman of the imminent online boutique, designed by Baron & Baron Inc. in collaboration with Avenue A.

HE’S BAAAACK: Leave it to The Terminator to silence the Four Season’s Grill Room Thursday. The lunch crowd seemed to draw a collective pause, when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger paraded past with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in tow. Before ducking into a private room for a mano-a-mano talk, the mayor stopped to greet a few fans and even posed for a photo or two.

The sighting may not have quelled any speculation about some sort of political dream ticket, but their appearance was due to something more concrete than that. They unveiled the third annual New York City card, a credit card-size guide highlighting issue-related talking points for Gotham’s heavyweight political donors. Afterward, Charlie Rose peppered them with questions, while Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Herbert Allen, Donald Marron, George Walker and other bigwigs listened in and dined on poached wild striped bass.

Homeland security, affordable housing, climate change and other weighty topics surprisingly managed to grab guests by the gullet at the alcohol-free luncheon. Karan, never a shy one when it comes to seeking inspiration, left with more food for thought. “I was so inspired. We all have to appreciate the people in the city who do make things happen and contribute in some way,” she said. “Everybody is always pointing fingers rather than making a difference and taking responsibility. It really is a message of choice. In times like these, people need to prioritize.”

Bloomberg advised attendees not to draw party lines, downplaying the adversarial nature of Democrats versus Republicans.

But the Republican governor could not let that one rest, telling the crowd that no one can relate to that more than he can. He wakes up next to a Democrat each morning, he said, referring to his wife, the long-standing Kennedy Democrat Maria Shriver.

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