BRIT BRIGADE: On Monday afternoon, the cast of "The Jane Austen Book Club" (in theaters later this month) lunched at Brasserie Ruhlmann to fete the film's release. And though the movie is set in Los Angeles, it's no surprise that it's rife with Brits like Lynn Redgrave, Emily Blunt and Hugh Dancy. "It's a rule," Dancy deadpanned, "that any movie with Jane Austen in the title must feature at least three or four English actors." But while the upper-crust English thespians may have played laid-back Californians in the film, Redgrave, for one, insisted art does not imitate life. Asked how she prepared for her role as a free-spirited hippie, the actress said simply, "I did not smoke pot, if that's what you are asking."
GILDING THE CALVIN: It seems the company known for its austerity will get slightly decorated today. Jewelry design firm Abraxas Rex has teamed up with Francisco Costa, creative director of Calvin Klein Collection for women, to create a selection of rings and cuffs embedded with stones such as meteorites, Herkimer diamonds and traditional diamonds for the show. "As crazy as the materials are, they complement the clothes," said Rex designer Paris Kain.
EVERYBODY'S A CRITIC: Carolina Herrera's front row Monday included two pint-size supporters — her granddaughters Carolina Lansing and Olimpia de la Concepción. The well-dressed tots waited patiently on the laps of their mothers, Patricia Lansing and Carolina Herrera Jr., before things got underway. Apparently, the third generation is already showing signs of being tastemakers. Before the first model took to the runway, the younger Lansing, whose first show appearance occurred at the age of nine months, was busy backstage pointing out which looks she did and did not like, her mother said.
HASTY RETREAT: Agyness Deyn had the final spin in Oscar de la Renta's show, but she was one of the first ones out the door afterward. While showgoers stood beneath umbrellas phoning their drivers or trying to hail cabs, the British blonde pedaled down Fifth Avenue smiling on a three-speed bicycle.