Both Ike and Alan joined the spirit of the celebrity-filled night, having many of the film's stars sign the dress shirts they were wearing. Alan's daughter, Jaclyn Behar, meanwhile, added to the PYT quotient, sporting a healthy tan, Missoni halter dress, black Betsey Johnson peep-toe shoes and Clooney's autograph. "My sister will be jealous," she said.
GROWTH SPURT: Fraser Ross, owner of the Kitson specialty stores, is in expansion mode. Following the June 21 launch of a 2,000-square-foot accessories-focused Kitson store on Robertson in L.A., a 2,000-square-foot licensed Kitson store will launch at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates in the next few weeks. Then, as early as November, Ross will launch a 7,000-square-foot store on Melrose Avenue. The two-level unit, which was formerly inhabited by specialty store Diane Merrick, is tentatively being called Kitson Melrose. The Melrose launch is Ross' attempt to lure his local clientele back to a business that has become largely tourist-driven, due to the boutique's regular appearances in celebrity tabloids. The store "is going back to the original Kitson concept," Ross said. "It will be very contemporary-driven. We'll take some brands that sell well in the store with us, but it will be less sensory overload. ‘Kitson' is written all over [the merchandise] in the Robertson store…it won't be like that in the new store." Ross added that he expects four more licensed stores to open in Dubai in the next few years.
TOMMY'S DARK SIDE: With his All-American ad campaigns, Tommy Hilfiger is not the likeliest designer to suit up the cast of a Neil LaBute play, but that is just the case with MCC Theater's "In a Dark Dark House." The three-member cast wears Tommy Hilfiger attire throughout the show's court-ordered psychiatric care, repressed memories of abuse and plenty of ambiguity at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in lower Manhattan. At a party at the designer's SoHo store after last Thursday's premiere, actress Louisa Krause admitted she pinched the vintage dress she was wearing from her Falls Church, Va., high school's wardrobe department. Like fellow cast member Ron Livingston, Frederick Weller had Hilfiger to thank for some of his attire. Weller said of his thin-striped jacket, "I just realized I had been standing next to a rack of these jackets for about an hour upstairs. I thought, ‘I'd better move.'"