'Witch of West' gets Palm Springs buzz

NEW YORK’S own Jackie Rogers, the design demon of Lexington Avenue, is down in D.C. as the guest of New York Gov. David Paterson and his wife Michelle. Jackie dreamed up Mrs. Paterson’s gold lame dress for tonight … Oscar de la Renta tipped Barbara Walters that his dress for the new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be pink and grey with beautiful gold embroidery though she’ll wear royal blue in the daytime … Oscar praised Michelle Obama for her $148 dress worn on “The View” saying, “Mrs. Obama should not be compared to Jackie Kennedy. She is far more committed to causes; Jackie was not. Michelle Obama is going to be herself and be great at it!” … And speaking of the historic events this very day, ticket speculators always say that the Super Bowl ticket is the hardest, most expensive one to get. But I’m hearing that Inaugural tickets topped them by about double. Meaning? Well, it is beginning to sound like some people paid maybe $20,000 for a hard-to-get ticket … Incidentally, every lingerie store in the East sold out of silk protective winter undergear before the Inauguration. The specialty ski stores had a bonanza of sales.

THE TRUE first wife on HBO’s “Big Love” is Jeanne Tripplehorn and watching the show, you always wonder why her character puts up with all the devout and not-so-devout Mormon carryings-on around her. In real life, Jeanne has become the spokesperson for the World Monuments Fund. She wants to save the 100 endangered sites on the Watch List even if her polygamous TV marriage seems shaky.

THE PALM believes the recession doesn’t mean people won’t eat steak. They have a new restaurant in Tribeca; go down and catch the 150 local notables on the walls… The talk of the Palm Springs Film Festival is a movie from one Sachi Parker, titled “The Witch of the West Is Dead.” And who is Sachi? The creator of this in-demand screen gem is none other than Shirley MacLaine’s daughter… Tonight we’ll see Stevie Wonder, Salma Hayek, Trudie Styler, Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Elvis Costello, Sting and Ashley Judd celebrating at the Creative Coalition Ball and drinking Pepsi’s new “Natural.” Yes, some of them will be on the soft-drink route. Others will opt for the hard stuff. Somehow I don’t see the “Natural:” as a mixer!…They mourned the death of Ricardo Montalban but only a few of the perspicacious noted he had been Loretta Young’s brother-in-law. Already they forgot Loretta?!

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