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Peggy Siegal, Pamela Fiori & the Winner of Lunch with Laurel

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— DIANE CLEHANE

While the regulars in the dining room at Michael’s chatted about their plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, it seemed only fitting that my lunch today was with Laurie Haspel Aronson, president of Haspel, the quintessential American company responsible for the creation of the classic seersucker suit. Laurie tells me it was the brainchild of her great grandfather, Joseph Haspel, who wanted to turn the fabric once favored by laborers for its cool comfort into a natty summertime staple of bankers and businessman everywhere.

Haspel, which was founded back in 1909, has dressed some pretty iconic fellows including Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Jimmy Smits, who wore Haspel during his stint on The West Wing, will be sporting seersucker this weekend when he hosts PBS’ July 4th special and on his upcoming series Outlaw that premieres this fall.

Laurie explains how the venerable label remains a current fashion favorite (Russell Brand is a fan) but hasn’t alienated its old school clientele this way: “The great thing about it is it can be worn by everyone and looks good on everybody. It takes on the personality of the wearer.” Indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Former Chanel president Arie Kopelman and his wife Coco with Pamela Fiori (in Chanel) and a distinguished looking gent we didn’t recognize.

2. A very blonde Peggy Siegal and a handsome young fellow.

3. Scribe Phoebe Eaton, looking very glam

4. Abernathy & MacGregor’s Jim Abernathy

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Artios Awards Honor Casting — What’s That Again?

jimmysmits.jpgThe Artios Awards are given out each year by the Casting Society of America to what else, casting directors in America. The erudite casting directors chose the name because, according to CSA President Pam Dixon, it comes from Ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” the CSA program revealed.
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A small smattering of celebs showed up at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel (where Barack was coronated in abstentia a week earlier), including Jimmy Smits, Sean Hayes, Curtis Hanson and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as host Neil Patick Harris (remember “Doogie Howser”?).

That said, the awards went to the regular nominees. What better for an award than choosing the films that have already won the big awards, whether Oscars or Golden Globes or whatever,Hollywood Reporter reported.

“No Country for Old Men” and “Juno,” two of the most honored films of 2007, made one more appearance on the awards circuit Monday night as they took home top Artios prizes.

Ellen Chenoweth and Jo Edna Boldin were honored for “No Country” (location casting). In the studio feature-comedy category, the winners were Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayres (location) and Heike Brandstatter (location) for “Juno.”

The winning TV drama series was FX’s “Damages,” with the prize going to Julie Tucker. ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” earned the honors in the TV comedy series category for Meg Liberman, Cami Patton and Jennifer Lare.

Other winners:

TV pilot, drama: Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia, “Mad Men”; TV pilot, comedy, Liberman, Patton, “Pushing Daisies”; TV movie: David Rubin, Richard Hicks and Lori S. Wyman (location), Kathleen Chopin (location), “Recount”; and miniseries, Chopin, “John Adams.”

Children’s series: Carol Goldwasser, Howard Meltzer, “Hannah Montana”; TV animation: Gillian O’Neill, “Rick & Steve, The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”; and daytime: Judy Blye Wilson, “All My Children.”

The CSA gave a few awards to Broadway and Off-Broadway casting, but since we’re in L.A. the Hollywood-centric audience didn’t really care.

But we’ll put them in anyway.

Broadway drama: Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler, “The Homecoming”; Broadway comedy: Jim Carnahan, “Boeing-Boeing”; Broadway musical: Telsey, Bethany Knox, “In the Heights”; off-Broadway: James Calleri, “The Seagull”; L.A. theater: Erika Sellin, “The History Boys”; and regional theater: Cantler, Telsey, “33 Variations.”