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CHELSEA—The planned cleansing of the mom n' pops from Ninth Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets roused about 200 members of the community to a protest this past Saturday, reports Vanishing NY. Continuing today's theme, one participant opined, "A neighborhood is not a neighborhood if it's overrun by high-end boutiques, banks, and chain stores." Click through for more pix and reax. [Vanishing NY]

UPPER EAST SIDE—While putting your finishing touches on your outfit for tonight's Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala, this bit of intel just across the wire from the Prada public relations team might come in handy: "This is to inform you that Tilda Swinton and Elizabeth Banks will be wearing Prada tonight to the 2008 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit. Tilda will wear a gold Guipure lace dress with hand-sewn floral applique from the Fall/Winter 2008 Collection. Elizabeth will wear a grey silk bustier dress with a ruffled skirt and belted bow detail from the Fall/Winter 2008 Collection, with black satin clutch and black peep-toe heels." [RackedWire]

From the CHANEL public relations specialists:


The Public Relations Department is pleased to announce the following guests
wearing CHANEL tonight to:
The Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Superheroes : Fashion and Fantasy"

KATE BOSWORTH wearing a vintage sequin embroidered dress from CHANEL Haute
Couture and ring from CHANEL Fine Jewelry

THANDIE NEWTON wearing a black lace dress & cape from the CHANEL
Fall/Winter 2008/09 Collection with "Dentelle de Camelia" diamond cuff from
CHANEL Fine Jewelry

AUDREY TAUTOU wearing a white embroidered dress & caplet from the CHANEL
Spring/Summer 2008 Haute Couture Collection

AMANDA HARLECH wearing a navy suit from the CHANEL Spring/Summer 2008 Haute
Couture Collection

ANNA WINTOUR wearing a black and white embroidered dress specially made by
Karl Lagerfeld- CHANEL Haute Couture

CHRISTY TURLINGTON wearing "Comete" bracelet and mini "Etoile" hoops from
CHANEL Fine Jewelry


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