A PETA protester accosted designer Donna Karan inside her Central Park West apartment after an assistant mistakenly let her in. Kyle MacLachlan and his wife are expecting a child. Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, and a host of other stars all turned out for Madonna's "Raising Malawi" (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did not, however, after learning that the event was sponsored by Gucci). Rachel Zoe came to Fashion Week with eight suitcases, two of which were for accessories. R.E.M. played a series of impromptu shows on the Lower East Side earlier this week.
Apparently the opening-night party at Le Royale was a success, drawing the likes of Kate Moss, who made out with the D.J. [Imbible/Citysearch]
Related: Le Royale Might Just Bring Nightlife Out of the Doldrums
Frank Bruni applauds restaurants seeking out new forms of hospitality, but is wary of the WiFi availability: “Will the glow of laptop screens and the percussion of typing become pervasive visual and aural backdrops for our meals?” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
A former Scores cocktail waitress is suing the owners for being told to act more like a stripper. [NYP]
It's a bad week for dog lovers. First, we learn that Natalie Portman's beloved mutt, Charlie, has died. In an interview with the Syndey Telegraph, Portman told a reporter that the pooch she once described as "the only man in her life" is now passed away. (This is the adorable one she took on Letterman.) "I love dogs," she lamented. "They’re better than people.” Man, when you're right, you're right. Then, we learn that a thief has stolen the two Malteses of a Scores stripper. "They're my life. They're everything to me," said exotic dancer Daisy Rojas of little Charles and Darwin. "They're my children." Quoth the News:
Rojas said the dogs were tied to scaffolding with their matching Louis Vuitton leashes outside the Sofrito restaurant on E.57th St. near First Ave.
Rojas may not have taken her dogs on Letterman, but she takes them very seriously nonetheless. She had a portrait of herself painted with them, got a tattoo of their names in a secret body location (who knew strippers had those?), and she even had them baptized. "We'll find those dogs," vowed a police source. "We're definitely going to take care of it." Man, if there's one thing cops will do anything for, it's, um, dogs.
Poised Portman is Pretty Perfect [Sydney Daily Telegraph]
Scores Stripper's 2 Pooches Dognapped on Upper East Side [NYDN]
Marcus Schenkenberg might get to star opposite Kim Cattrall as Samantha's neighbor in the Sex and the City movie, the underwear model told us last night. "It's me and another guy now and I'm pretty sure I'm going to get it," Schenkenberg said over the noise at the Cavalli Vodka party at Cipriani 42nd Street. Does this mean Smith Jared is finished? "I haven't read the whole script yet," Schenkenberg said. "But Kim had a lot of men I think. She's all over the place. Like me." That's adorable. Schenkenberg wasn't the only celebrity enjoying the designer's new vodka line. Fresh from the removal of her alcohol-monitoring bracelet last month, Eve raised a Cavalli cocktail onstage before decamping downtown to check out the party at the Scores strip joint in Chelsea. Wonderful! A wholesome night was had by all. —Amy Odell
Looks like the Scores strippers who planned to dress up and volunteer at the Puppetry Arts Theater's annual Halloween Carnival in Park Slope this Saturday are going to have to put away their sexy cat outfits. After the Daily News reported today that they'd be doing things like passing out candy and boobing — sorry, bobbing — for apples with the impressionable children, the girls were promptly disinvited. "They told me they did Toys for Tots, and they were looking to volunteer, and I was pleased to have them," Puppet Arts founder Timothy Young explained to Intel this morning. "I mean, there were only three of them, and what's the big deal about what this particular girl does for a living, you know?" But Young wasn't expecting the girls to take the news of their good works to the papers. "They wanted to let the community know, look how great we are!" he said. It backfired. This morning, MS-51, where the carnival was to be held, recoiled. They might even cancel the event, Young says. "The school doesn't want the bad publicity, and we offer no disrespect to the school. But if this thing cancels, we're going to have a lot of problems." Yeah. No one can throw a fit quite like a Park Slope kid.
Scores Strippers Pass Out Candy[NYDN]
The Scores stripper who had the photos of Oscar De La Hoya in drag is now saying she cannot "personally verify the authenticity of the images," likely because she was threatened by De La Hoya's lawyer. Lever House owner and real-estate mogul Abe Rosen is forcing tenants (including art collector Robert Wilson) out of his nine-story building on 67 Vestry Street to turn it into a luxury condo building. Miss USA Rachel Smith says she wants to be taken seriously as a TV reporter and not "end up like Katie Couric." Donald Trump denied having once punched his second-grade music teacher, despite having written about the story in a book. Bruce Willis and his eight-person entourage were denied entry to Socialista at 3 a.m. Ivanka Trump's jewelry line predictably does not include diamond grills. Dates with some hot firefighters are being auctioned off for charity at Turtle Bay Lounge tonight.
Al Sharpton claims he is not backing Hillary Clinton for president, despite a rumor that he and Bill smoked cigars in Harlem two weeks ago. Rupert Murdoch would back Michael Bloomberg for president, if Bloomberg were to run. A $1.5 million lawsuit against Beyoncé, regarding her House of Dereon clothing line, was thrown out. Michael Jackson was reported to have been hospitalized for pneumonia, but his flack says he's just fine. Bravo is shooting a reality show about photog Patrick McMullan. Jenna Jameson hasn't been attending meetings with mainstream producers regarding the film adaptation of her book How to Make Love Like a Porn Star because she's allegedly unhappy with her vaginoplasty.
East Village: ACME Bar and Grill will host a fund-raiser for a service-oriented trip to New Orleans; $20 gets you one drink, snacks, and a few moments reprieve from your liberal guilt. [Gothamist]
Lower East Side: Whole Foods! On the Bowery! Set to open! March 29! [Curbed]
Midtown West: Post scrounges for “breast” synonyms as Scores discovers it may lose its liquor license for two years. [NYP]
Park Slope: Two bakeries, one couple, and a rumored tale of marital acrimony, Health Department violations, and — maybe — sweet reconciliation. [Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn]