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Fashion types fete the new Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship and its first winner, Gohar Rajabzadeh.

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ROCK AROUND THE CROC: Nancy Gonzalez, busy working on her latest handbag collection in Colombia, was the most conspicuous no-show at a dinner party Tuesday night at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris to fete a new Assouline book tracing her career. Instead her son, Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, held court, joined by fashion curator Pamela Golbin, who penned the tome. “One day you’ll meet her. I did not invent her,” he assured guests, hastening to add with a laugh: “One day in Florida an old lady came up to me, gave me a hug, and said, ‘Nancy, I love your bags.’” Gonzalez revealed he’s designed a luxury crocodile soccer ball for the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup in June. Among guests, Hervé Van der Straeten said he was gearing up for an exhibition of light and furniture designs at Ralph Pucci’s store in Los Angeles in March, followed by a show of exclusive pieces in April at the Pierre Bergé & Associés gallery in Brussels. As the Champagne flowed, Ruinart’s Jean-Christophe Laizeau disclosed the brand has hooked up with India Mahdavi for a Valentine’s Day box set packaged like a book of poems, containing two glasses designed by Mahdavi plus a bottle of the house’s bubbly.

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