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2009 May 1

MET SCOOP, PART TROIS! The Missing Persons Report

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(NEW YORK) Who's going to the Costume Institute Gala on Monday night? We told you once, we told you twice. Now, The Daily has gathered the last few bold-faced names--and a missing persons report.

The most surprising development? LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault will not attend the gala that his company is underwriting. Same goes with his daughter Delphine Arnault-Gancia, the deputy managing director of Dior, as well as his son Antoine Arnault, the head of communications for Louis Vuitton. Expect the Vuitton table to be helmed by Lorenzo Martone and Daniel Lalonde, the New York-based president and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton North America.

Karl Lagerfeld, a longtime friend of Anna Wintour who dines with her regularly at l'Espadon in Paris, will not share a meal with Wintour on Monday. His busy travel schedule, including upcoming stops in Venice, Moscow and London, doesn't accomodate a transatlantic voyage for this gala, but Chanel will dress Diane Kruger and Kirsten Dunst. As previously reported by The Daily, LVMH-owned Fendi did not buy a table.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is a regular on the Manhattan society scene, but the daughter of French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld will not attend this event. Matthew Williamson, who hosted a blowout bash for H&M on Tuesday, won't make it either, despite having hosted a table last year during his tenure as creative director at Pucci. Vuitton collaborator Kanye West will not attend; neither will Megan Fox, Carolyn Murphy or Kristen Stewart.

But there are a few last-minute additions to the guest list. Even though members of the hoi polloi remain on the Museum's waiting list, Vogue has filled out the remaining tables with editor favorites like Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai as well as actors Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh, whom Wintour saw in a recent production of West Side Story and then invited to the gala. (Last year, she accomodated the Tony-winning stars of South Pacific.) Cavenaugh is wearing Ralph Lauren, while Scaglione has not yet decided upon a dress.

Valentino has not confirmed any celebrities, although the brand is still "in fittings." Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are not expected to attend. But Jimmy Fallon has made the cut--the funnyman will wear Tom Ford--along with Dr. Lisa Airan, Eugenia Gonzalez (who will wear Oscar de la Renta), and Lauren DuPont.

Diego Della Valle will make his first apperance at the Costume Institute Gala in 3 years. The Tod's table will host Marisa Tomei (wearing Roger Vivier shoes and a Tod’s evening bag), Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Liz Goldwyn and Dree Hemingway. Emanuele and Joanna Della Valle will round out the crowd. Bruno Frisoni is unable to attend this year.

Rachel Weisz will wear Vera Wang, while Kate Hudson will join another Kate (Bosworth) to wear Stella McCartney. Dior face Charlize Theron will not attend, but the house will dress Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr. Blake Lively will attend, although her dress is not confirmed. Doutzen Kroes will wear Philip Lim, while Magdalena Frackowiak will sport a Thakoon confection. Iman will wear Donna Karan. Sasha Pivovarova will accompany Giambattista Valli in his first appearance at the Gala in several seasons. Marni is confirmed to dress Milla Jovovich and Guinevere van Seenus, who will attend with Consuelo Castiglioni.

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