WIN A DATE WITH BILL CLINTON: Recently recovered from a bout of the flu and an E.coli bacteria infection, Sir Elton John on Monday night hosted former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sharon Stone, Daniel Craig, Lily Safra and Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, among others, at the eighth annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Clinton was honored and captivated the black-tie clad crowd at Cipriani Wall Street as he spoke about the work that needs to be done, particularly in developing countries, to fight HIV/AIDS. As the 42nd president accepted his award, he also teased John, “That’s a really beautiful award. You won’t be offended if I say you’re beautiful, will you?” The Lauders were also honored, with Evelyn, in Zac Posen, noting that tens of millions have been raised for the MAC AIDS Fund. David Furnish said a holiday candle will soon be available for purchase at Macy’s, with the majority of the proceeds going to the foundation.
And then Courtney Love arrived. Spotted smoking in the bathroom, she later told WWD she was supposed to wear Givenchy but her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, “was not having it,” so she went to Bergdorf Goodman a few hours beforehand and found a new black gown, from CD Greene. Love, who has been living in TriBeCa at Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman’s place, plans to move soon to the West Village. She put in losing bids during the live auction for a day with Clinton (which went for $300,000) and polo player/Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras ($45,000). The auction packages ended up raising $640,000 for the foundation.