Fashion Scoops: Wedding Bells At Lauder... Blonde Ambition... Baby Talk...

John Demsey, a group president at the Estee Lauder Cos. Inc., has decided to take a break from plotting brand strategy and pursue some development of his own by tying the knot.

A rendering of Valentinos dress for Eva Herzigova

A rendering of Valentino's dress for Eva Herzigova.

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WEDDING BELLS AT LAUDER: John Demsey, a group president at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., has decided to take a break from plotting brand strategy and pursue some development of his own by tying the knot. His engagement to Anouschka Izmirlian was revealed over the weekend and a wedding date is being planned. The engagement ring wasn't done in time, so the ever-resourceful Demsey presented his bride-to-be with a Kimora Lee Simmons Hello Kitty ring. Clearly a woman with a sense of humor, she said yes. The couple has known each other on and off for some time, after meeting in an elevator in the Upper East Side apartment building where they both lived. Izmirlian grew up in Geneva and Demsey comes from Shaker Heights, Ohio.

BLONDE AMBITION: Guests at Chanel's cruise show in Los Angeles on Friday will spy the first look of the collection on someone in the audience: Claudia Schiffer. Karl Lagerfeld tapped the model, whom he recently shot for a Dom Perignon campaign, for Chanel's cruise press kit. Mind you, Schiffer won't be the only famous face lining the front row. Plenty of Tinseltown residents are awaited, including the likes of Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz and Camilla Belle, along with rockers Cat Power, Lily Allen and Anthony Kiedis.

BABY TALK: Talk about glamorous maternitywear. Valentino has whipped up a romantic, pale rose silk Empire gown for mother-to-be Eva Herzigova for the unveiling of Chopard's Red Carpet Collection in Cannes, France, on Wednesday. For the event, Valentino also has created a capsule collection of dresses inspired by 10 of Chopard's 60 fine jewelry pieces.

THE WINNERS' CIRCLE: Sometimes winning takes some convincing, but usually not when the prize is already in the bag. At Sunday's Alpert Award in the Arts, the event's namesake Herb Alpert told the crowd how Cynthia Hopkins, the winner for theater, mistook him for a crank caller when he rang to let her know she had won. She listened to the news, which included mention of a $25,000 increase on top of what used to be a $50,000 award, with complete skepticism. After hanging up with Alpert, Hopkins realized her gaffe and fired off an e-mail to administrators. Alpert, meanwhile, was busy checking the caller ID on his phone to make sure he had dialed the right number.
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