Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, no stranger to the L.B.D., is patroness of an auction of them. She’ll be in New York this September for Phillips de Pury’s auction of commissioned dresses by Lanvin, Givenchy, Armani Privé, Vivienne Westwood, and more, the sale of which will benefit U.S. and French cancer charities.

Speaking of good works, Diane von Furstenberg has pledged to donate half her fortune to charitable causes for the “Giving Pledge” initiative, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The wrap dress just keeps on giving!

Daphne Guinness (pictured) is battling the military for first crack at a special fabric similar to an LCD screen, on which films could be projected. (She’d like to watch Sunset Boulevard on her chest; no word from the military, but we imagine they’d be more into Platoon.)

Leighton Meester’s new Gossip Girl co-star: a Celine tote. Blair Waldorf does not do last season.
And finally, Robert Geller has some tips for guys looking to wear shorts: Keep them basic, keep them fitted, and keep them through the fall.