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Celebrity Fear Factor

Lauren Bush, Sting, Gisele, Kidada Jones. . .


Security concerns have led the White House to put the kibosh on Lauren Bush's summer plans. We hear that the supermodel First Niece and Princeton undergrad had her heart set on spending June studying in London. She was also mulling over offers to walk a runway or two during the couture shows in Paris in July. However, with war looming, the Secret Service has deemed Europe too dangerous. Bush's rep insists that she still has hopes of hitting Europe. She also wants to take acting lessons in New York and spend time in the Hamptons with her mom, Sharon. . . . Meanwhile, when the going gets tough, you can count on Sting to get going. The rocker was set to fly from New York to Las Vegas on producer Keith Barish's jet with Owen Wilson and gallery owner Tony Shafrazi to celebrate the first anniversary of the nightclub Light Bellagio and the opening of the Caramel lounge (both are co-owned by Barish's son, Chris). But then Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, apparently "flipped out" when the orange alert was issued, a source close to the couple tells us, and insisted that her hubby hightail it back to London. . . . Another Brit who's feeling the strain is Joan Collins. The Dynasty diva told guests at Tina Brown's lunch last week for the Old Vic New Voices theater program that she's so scared to fly these days that she and her hubby, Percy Gibson, will be taking the train on their upcoming trip to Los Angeles. Brown then cracked that Collins and the rest of the guests in her East 57th Street apartment weren't going anywhere, "because I've locked you all in with duct tape."

Talley Covers Up, Dash Blows In, and Arias Strips Down . . .

André Leon Talley had Anna Wintour and her daughter, Bee, laughing at the Sean John show by carefully placing his fur coat on his lap. "I'm not taking any chances," he cracked, referring to that infamous photo that the New York Post ran of him last season sitting in the front row with his fly open. Behind them, Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Amy Astley wondered aloud about the scent of funny cigarette smoke in the air. Hamish Bowles quipped, "I'll give you three guesses as to what it could be." Speaking of which, Damon Dash and friends made quite an entrance to supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Sonia Braga's VIP screening of City of God at the Bryant Park Hotel-Cheech & Chong would have been proud of the cloud that rolled through the room when they popped out of the elevator. When Dash and Co. were told the movie was subtitled, they let out a collective groan. "Their eyes were like slits," one observer says. Perhaps the best sighting among the fashion flock occurred when drag performer Joey Arias was going through security at the French Consulate for a screening of illustrator Ruben Toledo's animated short film, Fashionation. Guards had him strip down to just his jeans, socks, and sheer camisole top, but he kept setting off the metal detector until a bystander shouted, "What about body piercings?" Joey informed the guards that he had nipple rings: "I'm wearing hoops tonight." The guards decided they didn't need to see that and quickly waved him in.

She Likes the Leather Look

After Coach signed on to co-host this week's benefit for Peace Games at Quincy Jones's Los Angeles home, the company's president, Reed Krakoff, invited Jones's daughter, Kidada, to pick out anything she wanted from its catalogue. Along with a bag, a coat, and a skirt, Kidada requested bottles of leather cleansers and moisturizers. A few days later, Kidada called her sister, actress Rashida, who happened to be at the Coach showroom. Kidada asked her to tell the staff that she had found the cleanser and moisturizer much too oily. Turns out Kidada thought that Coach had started a beauty line and had been applying the cleanser and moisturizer to her face as part of her morning routine. As for the warning on each bottle stipulating that they should not be used on "suede, nubuc, or water buffalo calfskin," Kidada thought that was just Coach being "fun and edgy."

FOOD BITES: Culinary legend Gray Kunz, the former Lespinasse chef, is partnering up with Jean-Georges Vongerichten on an Asian-themed boîte in the same building as Soho House, the private British club coming to the meatpacking district. Unlike Soho House, the place will be open to the public. Fresh off the failure of Smith, Brian McNally is close to finalizing a deal to open a restaurant in a new hotel at 29th and Madison. Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse already passed on the space.

WRITE ON: Über-New Yorker writer Lillian Ross has signed a deal with Doubleday to write a book about acting.

LOVE NOTES: After five months of dating, we're told, Vanity Fair honcho Graydon Carter and doctor-socialite Samantha Boardman have called it quits. Meanwhile, Nina Griscom insists she's single, but buzz has it that she's seeing a waiter from La Goulue.

ON THE MOVE: Nobu Matsuhisa has bought a $1.2 million condo on West 67th Street. Farther uptown, Tatum O'Neal has sold her $4.5 million pad in the El Dorado.

With Deborah Schoeneman


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