Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet took offense to Molly Sims’s comment that the label was “lower end” by claiming that Sims begged for free pants and a plane ticket to the show when she modeled for her last February. Tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova claim to be just friends, but they were out singing karaoke together till 5 a.m. the night after Djokovic lost in the finals. In other tennis news: Some designers were annoyed that Anna Wintour spent more time with Roger Federer at the U.S. Open than at Fashion Week shows. Details editor Dan Peres is expecting his first child with Aussie wife Sarah Wynter. Walmart competitor the Wholesale Department Store Union bought out a showing of Off Broadway show Walmartopia. Chef Todd English, of Olives fame, may open up a new place on 98 Kenmare Street. Liz Smith’s sources tell her that Rudy Giuliani is “a bad man and an erratic personality” but would make a good chief executive.
Britney Spears bombed at the VMAs because she showed up to rehearsal the day before late, drunk, and unwilling to wear the corset MTV wanted her to. (She was also unwilling to wear underwear when she went out that night.) In other VMA news: Vegas police charged Kid Rock with misdemeanor battery for slapping, Kanye West was annoyed (again) at not winning an award, and Shia LaBeouf and Rihanna are dating. While Lauren Conrad was pass-out drunk at a party, boyfriend Josh Henderson got touchy-feely with a model. British actor Hugh Dancy is not sure whether Jane Austen would approve of the current Jane Austen renaissance under way in Hollywood. Environmental organization Riverkeeper accidentally sent out a paper-wasting 150-page press release to news outlet (it was supposed to be one page). Sanjana Jon, sister of alleged pervert designer Anand Jon, is trying to raise bail money for her brother by hosting a fashion show in Beverly Hills for “global independence, civil rights and Anand Jon.” Matt Drudge is giving up his syndicated Sunday-night talk show to focus on his Website and “other endeavors.” Cate Blanchett said she just “strapped [her] breasts down and went for it” after deciding to play Bob Dylan in an upcoming biopic. Muhammad Ali actually trained for his 1971 fight against Joe Frazier in an upscale Jewish retirement home in Miami. Russell Crowe is being courted for Star Trek 11.