Panettiere hops on the Kohls gravy trail

First Target nabbed designers Isaac Mizrahi and Cynthia Rowley. Then it was J.C. Penny getting Nicole Miller. And last year Katonah’s Martha Stewart went to Macy’s. And now Kohls has Vera Wang and … Hayden Panettiere?

hayden-panettiere-candies.jpgYes, Panettiere (a Palisades native) will join Wang (who weekends in Pound Ridge) as a spokesperson for department store’s clothing. While Wang shills for her own line of discount sportswear, intimate apparel, handbags, leather accessories, jewelry, footwear, linens and towels, Panettiere will be the face of Candies — a line which has previously been fronted by the likes of Fergie, Hilary Duff, Lizzie McGuire, and Destinys Child.

Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.

“Heroes Star Gets Candies” [BuddyTV]

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Vera Wang to hawk Serta mattresses on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’; Stephen Baldwin to quit in protest

Having Vince McMahon as a guest judge on “Celebrity Apprentice,” that’s just good plain common sense. But dress designer Vera Wang? vera-wang.jpgWhy the Pound Ridge resident would want to appear on The Donald’s program, much less to use the NBC airtime to talk up a line of Serta mattresses, is beyond me. Have the Kohl’s sweatshops driven her completely off the deep end?

Also on tap for this Thursday’s “CA” episode: Upper Grandview’s Stephen Baldwin is going to ask to resign. No, not because of any longstanding grudge with Wang, but rather thanks to his stewing grudge with fellow contestant Piers Morgan. It takes me back to the good ol’ days of “Celebrity Mole” and Corbin Bernsen, the last person to bring out Baldwin’s true born-again bitchiness. Ah, good times.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Time to put Stephanie Seymour, Vera Wang, and Rita Cosby up on the big board

In case you haven’t noticed, the Suburbarazzi Star Map (in our sidebar on the right) has been getting semi-regular updates and additions since we launched it in March. Star spotter Michelle Carter helped us fill out much of Putnam County and Northern Westchester last week, with pushpins going in for Dar Williams (Cold Spring), George Pataki (Garrison), Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman, from Peekskill), and Sally Jesse Raphael (Montrose).

Here are just a few of the recent additions (see the sidebar for our full slate of celeb sightings):
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Also, since our company has purchased a couple newspapers in Connecticut, I’ve been seeking to add more sightings in that state. One slight problem: I hardly know anything about the CT celebrity scene. Working for two years as an editor at the InTown magazines gave me a pretty solid base of knowledge in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam, but for the Nutmeg State, I need to turn to other reliable sources. Actually, all I really need is one: Susie Costaregni’s gossip column in the Stamford Advocate.

I’ve been sourcing Susie since we started this blog, but now her column is helping populate the CT portion of our star map. Thanks to her story last Sunday, we now have Greenwich residents Stephanie Seymour, Rita Cosby, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lara Spencer on the map, as well as Westchester’s Vera Wang, Chynna Phillips, and Billy Baldwin. Thanks, Susie!
Susie Costaregni column [The Advocate]