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NYC: Swarovski Elements hosts 22 Little Black Dresses Auction – Halle Berry, Julianna Margulies, Sofia Vergara

Phillip Lim, Donna Karan, Valentino, Givenchy

Red lipstick, black lace underwear, diamond stud earrings, pearls and the little black dress (aka the LBD) are all timelessly chic.  In 1926 Coco Chanel designed the first LBD and it was an enormous hit.  Prior to that only widows wore the color and it was considered shocking and taboo to wear any other time.  I think Audrey Hepburn best captured the slightly risque decadence of a LBD wrapped up in an innocent bow as Holly Golightly in the 1960’s movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It immortalized the glamour of a modern girl traipsing around Manhattan in her LBD and Wayfarer sunglasses peering into Tiffany’s and dreaming of more (see photos below).  Holly seems like a little girl who has dived into her mommy’s closet and is playing dress up.  The little black dress gives her the veneer of tough big city girl, but we know that deep down she’s a softie who sings Moon River to her cat.

Twenty-two designers have taken on the challenge of re-inventing this classic in a charity auction curated by Phillips de Pury under the high patronage of Carla Bruni-Sarkosy for breast cancer research raising over $100,000.  I was invited to the event by two of my girlfriends on the hosting committee (Bianca Pratt and Sally Wu) and was excited to see the results.  My personal fave was the Givenchy (see pic above) which reminds me of something Milla Jovovitch would wear in The Fifth Element. Smoking hot for a night on the town.  However, the tasteful simplicity of the Valentino rocks as well.  A perfect Cameron Diaz legs dress.

Participating designers included Alberta Ferretti, Alexis Mabille, Azaaro, Boudicca, Catherine Malandrino, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Fendi, Gaspard Yurkievich, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin by Alber Elbaz, Mario Schwab, Martin Grant, Missoni, Phillip Lim, Sonia Rykiel, Thakoon, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood.

Halle Berry showed up without new love Oliver Martinez.  She was in a formfitting little black dress by Roberto Cavalli, handbag by Stella McCartney and jewelry by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

Julianna Margulies wore a little black dress by Helmut Lang, shoes by Yves Saint Laurent and jewelry by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Sofia Vergara (ABC’s Modern Family) sizzled in a snake print dress by Jean Paul Gaultier, shoes by Prada and jewelry by Shourouk made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.  I attended Sofia’s housewarming party in NYC earlier this summer that she had with her new boyfriend, banking heir, Nick Loeb.

Also in attendance were actress Lisa Edelstein of House, J Alexander of America’s Next Top Model, 70’s supermodel Pat Cleveland, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Muffie Potter Aston, Yigel Azrouel, Christina Cuomo, Kelly Choi of Top Chef Masters, and Amy Fine Collins of Vanity Fair.

[album: Little Black Dresses/] PHOTOS OF THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS FROM “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

#L.A. Restaurants Sightings: vol 1

With the Emmys this weekend, we wanted to make sure you knew the best places to dine, and spot celebrities, in Los Angeles. Please see below for some great restaurants – and some celebs that have recently been spotted …

BLT Steak (8720 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA)

BLT Steak elevates the classic American steakhouse with a signature French style and all-around finesse.  The restaurant offers a variety of cuts of USDA Prime, Certified Black Angus, American Wagyu and Japanese Kobe beef, each naturally aged for maximum tenderness and flavor and served finished with herb butter in a cast-iron pan.  The menu also offers a selection of fish entrees.

Spotted: Meg Ryan, Halle Berry, Clive Davis, Zack Braff, and Steve Carrell

Comme Ca (8479 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA)

David Myers’ acclaimed French brasserie recreates the mood of a bustling French eatery for an LA audience: warm, welcoming and casually glamorous.  The menu is rooted in French tradition and can only be described as pure brasserie fare, from hearty Steak Frites to the rich flavors of Escargot Persillade.

Spotted: Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Biel, Demi Moore, and Orlando Bloom

Cecconi’s (8764 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA)

Inspired by the original London location, Cecconi’s features classic Italian cuisine in a relaxed, elegant environment that calls to mind Venetian glamour.

Spotted: Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, and Madonna

Hatfield’s (6703 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA)

Hatfield’s recently re-opened in a new location on Melrose Avenue, one of Los Angeles’ most popular and trendy areas. The new space includes a full bar, conservatory with a living wall of succulents and a private dining room, creating a large space in which the Hatfield’s can both expand their menu and display the culinary team in an exhibition kitchen.

Spotted: Reese Witherspoon, Katherine Heigl, Ryan Seacrest and Jon Hamm

The Bazaar by José Andrés at The SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills (465 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048)

The Bazaar provides a myriad of kitschy dining spots designed by world-renowned Philippe Starck. The Bazaar allows diners to explore a wide selection of classic Spanish tapas juxtaposed with modern interpretations.

Spotted: Sarah Jessica Parker, David Beckham, Adrian Brody, and Eva Longoria