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Fete for a Fashion Style-Setter

The stars come out to help Tracey Ross celebrate her store's 10th anniversary.

October 10, 2000|BOOTH MOORE

The downtown Art Deco restaurant Cicada oozed with fabulousness Friday night at a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of fashion diva Tracey Ross' Sunset Plaza store. Dressed in a punk redux black leather skirt with studded belt, bracelets and necklace, the effusive blond has made a career out of catering to stars at her West Hollywood boutique and plenty of famous faces made the trek downtown to fete her. "I never thought I was throwing this party for me," she said. "I thought I was throwing it for all of my customers to thank them."

So much of Ross' success is due to the personal attention she showers on customers that when she's thought about opening a second store, she said, she just can't imagine how. "It wouldn't be the same."

The secret to luring celebs into her store? "Make them feel comfortable," said the style-setter, who was sporting a tank top emblazoned with a rhinestone "10," made for the party by L.A. T-shirt company Juicy. (The teensy tees later turned up in gift bags, for those lucky enough to snag one.)

"She never pressures you to buy anything. She just wants to catch up," said photojournalist Lisa Eisner, the sister-in-law of Disney exec Michael. "Girls love her store, and boys know they are always going to have a good time there," said Eisner, looking fab in a black cowboy hat, gold leather skirt and gold conch belt. She said rumors that Madonna's new western look was inspired by Eisner's recent book, "Rodeo Girls," are true. Madonna's stylist, she said, was impressed when he saw the book at a publication party in Paris earlier this year. Eisner's next book, "Kustom," is due later this month. With L.A. photographer Dewey Knicks, she explores the art of obsession, from custom interiors and hot rods to plastic surgery.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday October 12, 2000 Home Edition Southern California Living Part E Page 4 View Desk 1 inches; 21 words Type of Material: Correction
Misidentification--Tuesday's SoCal Confidential column misidentified Lisa Eisner. She is not related to Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday November 8, 2000 Home Edition Southern California Living Part E Page 3 View Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
Misidentification--The Oct. 10 SoCal Confidential column misidentified Lisa Eisner as the author of the book "Kustom." She and Roman Alonso edited and published the book. The author is photographer Dewey Nicks, whose name was misspelled in the column.

Sitting on black velvet banquettes, guests noshed on a buffet of hummus, pasta and raw oysters, then migrated upstairs to dance to classic rock tunes spun by DJ Samantha Ronson. (In New York, her brother Mark is a hot DJ and sister Charlotte is a fashion designer.)

Justine Bateman of "Family Ties" fame surfaced at the soiree, with news about her upcoming line of one-of-a-kind knits and fur-trimmed accessories. Modeling one of her creations, a red silk chinoiserie-print hat, she said Tracey Ross was the first place she went with the line back in March. As for acting, Bateman said, "That career was great and then it finished. Now this has started."

Looking too perfect in a sleeveless Imitation of Christ T-shirt, model-actress Milla Jovovich said she's added another occupation to her resume: talent manager. Jovovich recently started Creature Entertainment in Los Angeles. Also spotted: permanent guest-listers Sofia Coppola, Tori Spelling and Rod Stewart. (Where aren't these people?)

The other Stewart, French (the squinty guy in "Third Rock From the Sun"), worked the room with his wife Katherine LaNasa (Dennis Hopper's ex) who appears in the new TV series "Three Sisters." The two just completed their first film together, "Murder at the Cannes Film Festival." Stewart plays an actor whose detective films are stinkers in the U.S. but hits in France. When a murder is committed in Cannes, his fans expect him to solve the case. Stewart spent several weeks filming exterior shots in Cannes during the festival and then headed to Vancouver for the "cheap shoot," he said. "I could have done without the film festival, honestly. It was too much like Disneyland."

Still greeting guests at the door at midnight, happy hostess Stephanie Haymes (who owns Cicada, formerly Rex) pronounced the party a success. When she bought the downtown eatery, she said, "People thought I was crazy. But it's really starting to happen . . . finally."

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