Just before hitting the road with U2 for the band’s Vertigo tour, Bono took time out to unveil another project: a new organic eco-friendly clothing line called EDUN (yes, it’s NUDE spelled backwards). The rocker launched the collection, which uses only natural fibers and dyes and is made in Africa and Peru, at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
The driving force behind the clothes is the singer’s wife, Ali. “We developed this idea of the Four Respects,” he said at the event. “Respect for where the clothes are made, respect for what the clothes are made out of, respect for the people that make them and respect for the people who wear them.” But don’t think Bono is suddenly becoming a fashionista. “I don’t really do fashion, obviously,” he said. “I’m the man who brought you the mullet.”
Ashley Olsen recently hit New York City club Marquee and barely left the dance floor. The actress, who sported a white bolero jacket and jeans and wore her hair in a messy Princess Leia-esque style, grooved away into the wee hours of the morning. The songs that really got her moving: Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” and Sean Paul’s “Give Me the Light.” Also on hand: Kate Hudson‘s older brother Oliver Hudson, and New York Giants star Tiki Barber.
Free Association with JAG‘s Chris Beetem
Michael Jackson’s trial: Horror show.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher having a baby: I’d love to high-five Ashton!
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston getting divorced: I hope they signed pre-nups.
On American Idol I’d sing: I’d probably give “Sweet Home Alabama” a try.
Spring break: I’ve spent most of it in the desert in Arizona and New Mexico hiking and just checking out the absence of buildings.
Most annoying trendy phrase: Tar-jay (Target) is getting a little bit used.
Caught in the Act
• Samaire Armstrong, Ashanti and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley, partying at the “Hot in the City” soiree hosted by Mazda and the New York Fire Department at New York’s Gotham Hall. The celebs feasted on grilled shrimp, Kobe beef with potato pancakes and crabcakes, while hipster DJ Samantha Ronson spun hip-hop and ’80s classics and burlesque dancers The Pussycat Dolls and alt rockers The Flaming Lips performed.
• Rapper Busta Rhymes, having dinner with an entourage at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills. Two bodyguards stood by the door as Busta dined inside.
• By LYCIA NAFF, ALEXANDRA PHANOR, SERENA KAPPES, SARYN CHORNEY and BRENDA RODRIGUEZ