Saks just dropped Victoria Beckham’s not-posh-enough denimwear, after the spicy designer sold her upscale line exclusively to Bergdorf. Iconic International Herald Tribune fashion editor Suzy Menkes is the surprise (no longer) guest judge for Project Runway’s season-finale final show, and models pretended to eat at the Waverly Inn, along with Tommy Hilfiger, David Spade, Claire Danes, and an attached-to-his-cell Harvey Weinstein, while Mickey Rourke hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio following Cynthia Rowley’s after-party at GoldBar. But unless Leo converts to Judaism, he can’t marry his supermodel girlfriend, Bar Refaell. Heidi Klum pole-danced with her Germany’s Next Top Model contestants. Glad to hear those Guitar Hero moves are coming in handy.
Obama’s primary pick for Health and Human Services secretary, the thrifty Kansas governor, Kathleen Sebelius, returns clothes to Dillard’s after wearing them. In other budget-friendly news, the White House’s new decorator, L.A. designer-to-the-stars Michael Smith, hosted a luncheon at the Four Seasons Bar Room to honor Social Secretary Desirée Rogers. The duo schmoozed with Barbara Walters and magazine bigwigs like Town & Country’s Pamela Fiore and W’s James Reginato. And our new president is addicted to his CrackBerry too, but not for its extensive list of contacts. He can’t tear himself away from the mobile game BrickBreaker.
Gwyneth Paltrow did some dancing to lift rocker hubbie Chris Martin’s spirits after Coldplay’s quadruple loss at the Brit Awards, and Kanye hit up Rose Bar and Bryant Park with his latest love, Amber Rose, who’s done some nude modeling, while Cindy Adams asked about Kate Winslet’s nude scenes. Also, Portia de Rossi will do whatever it takes to get pregnant.
Nora Ephron kvells about her days at the New York Post and Julia & Julia, her latest film starring Meryl Streep, while Gloria Steinem has no pity for pouting i-bankers, saying they “just move money around.” SNL producer Lorne Michaels is still up for poking fun at Paterson, even though the gov finds Fred Armisen’s impersonations offensive to blind people. VH1 execs are launching a show about sex addiction, Amy Sacco is the latest to land a Bravo reality series, and Michael Strahan is in negotiations to star in his own Fox sitcom. Kung-fu master Jackie Chan’s new flick, Shinkjuku Incident, is too violent for Chinese audiences.