On Thursday night, she feted Vital Voices, an organization that helps disenfranchised women around the world. First came the play about the womens' lives, written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz. Then a discussion with the women on whom it was based. "I went to a lunch Tina Brown arranged for them and the minute I walked in, I knew I wanted to be involved," said von Furstenberg, afterwards. "It was earthy and real, and not condescending." Others in the crowd included Fran Leibowitz, Chiara Clemente, Anh Duong and Fabiola Beracasa.
LIGHTS OUT: As of April 1, guests retiring to the Mandarin Oriental's top-tier suites in New York and London will find a complimentary Donna Karan black cashmere eye mask. There also will be a card for them to redeem at the designer's Madison Avenue boutique for a coordinating pair of ballet slippers. But don't look for Karan to be joining the ranks of Dame Edna or David Tang in the luxury resort's "I'm-a-fan" brand campaign.
ROAD TRIP: Fred Segal, Marc Jacobs, Kid Robot, Paul Frank and G-Star are about to get a new neighbor on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles — Johnny Cupcakes is moving in. John Earle, founder of the multimillion-dollar Boston-based T-shirt and accessories label, is readying to open his first West Coast store at 7959 Melrose Avenue in mid-May. The 25-year-old college dropout, designer and entrepreneur launched his cupcake-themed line by selling items from the trunk of his 1989 Toyota Camry.