Fittingly for the Democratic clan, the celebration for Townsend's book, "Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God With Politics and Losing Their Way," was held at Eleanor Roosevelt's last Manhattan residence. Glenn Close and Pilar Rossi (who provided the pink suit the author wore for the festivities) were among the well-wishers. Townsend, nicknamed "the nun" as a child for her no-nonsense view of good and evil, described an upbringing that included daily mass, and morning and evening prayers with her family. The book makes references to heavier childhood times, like her uncle John's murder and Jimmy Hoffa's threatening to throw acid in her eyes during her father's investigation of him during the Senate Rackets Committee hearings.
WALK THE LINE: Walking the red carpet in a pair of stilettos may seem challenging — but soon the highest bidder will find out what it's like to walk in the shoes of Teri Hatcher, Sharon Stone or Mandy Moore. Piperline.com, the online shoe shop from Gap Inc., will auction off celebrities' shoes to benefit Soles4Souls, a foundation that facilitates donations of new and gently used shoes to the needy. Over 30 stars, including Jessica Simpson and Rosario Dawson, have autographed lightly worn shoes to be auctioned on the Web site, starting Thursday. Bidding concludes May 14.
DEACON'S DAY IN PARIS: Giles Deacon plans to show his pre-spring collection in Paris during the next round of couture shows in July. "It makes sense for me: All the buyers and editors are there, and it's where I do my selling, anyway," he said. Deacon won't be staging a runway show, but will unveil the collection at the offices of his Paris press company, MO Communications, at 33 Avenue de L'Opera. Deacon has been experimenting with different ways to show pre-spring. Last year, he had Daniel Jackson shoot the clothing on model Agyness and e-mailed the pictures to stores.