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— Amy Wicks
SHOULDN'T SHE JUST BUY THE COAT?: New York media can't get enough of "coat gate," a term the "Today" show and others have used to refer to Lindsay Lohan and the fur coat she wore leaving nightclub 1 Oak. Even Meredith Vieira said Thursday on air, "Please, she took the coat."
On Wednesday night, Mingling Moms' newly anointed "top mom of the year" Dina Lohan and daughter Ali walked the press line at the Candie's Foundation's "Event to Prevent" benefit and, of course, talk turned to the coat. "Don't believe everything you read!" said a smiling Dina, as she was whisked away, presumably by her handler. In addition to the Lohans, Beth Ostrosky, Mischa Barton, Jason Lewis and Katie Lee Joel attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the prevention of teen pregnancy.
TRYING TO KEEP SCORE: At Safe Horizon's Champion Awards Luncheon Thursday, Liz Claiborne Inc. chief creative officer Tim Gunn talked about the drama involved with having two TV shows. Gunn had spent the morning filming the first episode of season two of "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." His new sidekick, replacing Veronica Webb, is Gretchen Monahan, who also does a weekly style segment for Rachael Ray. Gunn's show is staying on Bravo TV, while "Project Runway," on which he's a judge, is moving to Lifetime, which, Gunn joked, "is making me a bigamist." And he admitted that, with its upcoming move, "Project Runway" is ripe with change. Gunn ticked them off on his fingers: a new production team; the question of whether the show will continue to partner with Elle magazine and Elle's recently terminated fashion director Nina Garcia (who may or may not stay at the title as a contributing editor and who may or may not be about to find another job); the relocation of the filming from New York to Los Angeles, and casting the sixth season while the fifth is still being filmed — which means Gunn, for the first time, won't be able to help.
The lunch honored Stacy Morrison, editor in chief of Redbook, with Claiborne's Champion Award. The magazine does a series on domestic violence. "I am just the messenger, the bridge between what people fear and what they must know," Morrison said. "But it is true I am a messenger with a megaphone."