Gadgets are hot – and if you don’t believe us (and seeing Paris Hilton in commercials for T-Mobile’s Sidekick device doesn’t convince you), ask anyone who went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Gwen Stefani was there, onstage with Carly Fiorina (the CEO of Hewlett-Packard), introducing the line of digital cameras she helped create. Stefani says the ultra-cool cameras were inspired by the super-trendy girls of the hip Tokyo shopping district Harajuku (hence the “Harajuku Lovers” stenciled on them, as well as the name of Stefani’s solo album and clothing line, Love Angel Music Baby). “When I started writing this record, I was inspired by the whole Harajuku scene, these kids and self-expression through fashion,” Stefani tells us. “I wanted to start a line, like a Japanese-inspired line, like Hysterical Glamour or even Hello Kitty.” It’s somewhat ironic that she lent her design ideas to a camera, however, since, she says, “To be honest, I’m a really bad photographer.” As for whether she’ll do more acting (she made her big-screen debut portraying actress Jean Harlow in The Aviator), “I had a pitch (recently) of this film – I can’t sleep, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’d love to do a whole film at some point. But movies are really hard to get made and they take forever, if it happens. I like to have the control, but with movies, it’s not really up to you.” Stay tuned …
Award show season is in full swing, with celebs on both coasts either attending shows, deciding what to wear to future shows or garnering ever-more nominations. At the New York Film Critics Awards dinner at the historic Roosevelt Hotel this week, Hilary Swank talked with us about her nomination for a Golden Globe (for best dramatic film actress for Million Dollar Baby). “It’s so exciting, I just feel like the luckiest girl on earth,” she said. “I feel so thankful. I’m pinching myself every day. I’m going to wear Calvin Klein. I have a contract with him, and I’m honored to wear him. Hopefully it’ll be really pretty, I haven’t seen it yet.” As for Globe nominee Paul Giamatti (up for best actor in a film comedy for Sideways): “Everybody wants my opinion on wine,” he said with a laugh. “I don’t know anything about it! It’s sad. People are giving me wine and that’s fine, it’s just drinking a lot of wine that I have no idea about.”
Gone to the Dogs
The flashbulbs popped away for a fashion show at Manhattan hotspot Crobar recently, but the objets d’art were not lithe models in the latest designs, but rather, the pooches of the rich and famous. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Jai Rodriguez and his two Yorkshire terriers sashayed down the catwalk – oops, we mean runway – at Animal Planet Unleashed, which kicked off the AKC/Eukaneuba National Championships, the Oscars of dog shows. Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul modeled with her Chihuahuas, while Ereka Vetrini from The Apprentice and The Tony Danza Show strutted away with a borrowed white Maltese. A silent auction following the show benefited the American Kennel Club’s Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund. Woof.
Caught in the Act
• Heidi Klum, at the L.A. County Museum of Art for the closing night of the Renoir to Matisse exhibit.
• Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, dining with another couple at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
• By MARISA LAUDADIO, SARYN CHORNEY, DIANE HERBST, FRANK SWETLOW and CLARE KLEINEDLER