It was one splashy bash-so splashy that even a surprise monsoon couldn’t put a damper on it. The place to see-and-be-seen was a totally shagadellic Bev Hills estate where fashion fiends gathered for the launch party of Swell’s sensational line of home dcor.

    Tastemakers Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig were celebrating in style. Their colorful, fanciful and fun collection of wares is now available at Tar-jai, otherwise known as Target, stores located nationwide.

    The estate is the perfect L.A. party palace-a triumph of aluminum, glass and Formica. This very fab pad had spectacular views of LA LA Land at large as well as a glorious geometric pool and a Jacuzzi complete with a built-in fireplace. Libations included the “Toxic Bachelor” (tequila, cranberry and lime) and a little something called the “Sinthia” (rum, mint, lime, sugar and sparkling water.)

    Deejays were jamming, spinning tunes like “One Night in Bangkok” and “Boogie Nights” for those who wanted to strut their stuff under the glittering disco ball.

    The girls had the place done up in a swelligant ’50s feel-a perfect way to showcase their rainbow-colored creations. Just about anything can go from drab to fab with the addition of martini glasses, swizzle sticks, ice buckets and tumblers-all available in shades of turquoise, avocado green, Bayer aspirin orange and Pepto Bismo pink.

    Bedrooms featured the girls’ luscious striped bed linens, pillows, rugs and towels in cheery red, lemon yellow and sky blue.

    Stripes rule for these two. You’d find their signature patterns on everything from nail files to picture frames, alarm clocks to luggage well as robes, slippers, pitchers and potholders.

    Outside, a massive fountain was filled with several dozen bottles of bubbly. Betty Crocker look-alikes passed out Cobb salad cups, chocolate chip cookies, mini Ruben sandwiches and bite-sized burgers, adding to the Eisenhower-era ambience.

    The style file was vast with guests sporting everything from Rockports to Ralph Lauren, Talbots to tattoos. Celebs like Joely Fisher popped in for a sneak peak at the glorious gear. Everyone got to leave with a groovy gift bag designed for the girl-on-the-go. And best of all, we were told to take any leftover merchandise. As we lined up for valet parking with raindrops to our rear, those striped terry towels sure came in handy.



    The Los Angeles Opera has something to sing about. The organization took in a million bucks after Luciano Pavorotti’s benefit show. Ten thousand opera buffs hit the Staples Center to hear the legendary tenor, with high-profile fans like Michael Caine, Barbara Sinatra and Dustin Hoffman joining legendary Luciano for a post-concert celebration.