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Updated: May 28, 2012 8:48AM



T HE FASHION SCOOP: Chicago’s fashionistas/couture-wearing dames will be front and center for the “Chicago Runway to Win” fashion collection benefit to re-elect President Barack Obama on June 12 at Harpo Studios. Vogue magazine’s Anna Wintour, the most powerful woman in the fashion world, and the legendary model/businesswoman Iman (David Bowie’s wife), are spearheading this event and will bring a posse of some of the most famous designers (who shall remain nameless for now). The collection will feature clothes from Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Sean John, Beyonce, Jason Wu, Rachel Roy, Narciso Rodriguez, Tory Burch and many others.

A guest ticket is $150, the $1,000 VIP ticket includes a photo reception with Wintour and Iman. For a mere $2,500, you get reception/dinner with the designers, and Ariel Investments exec Mellody Hobson, a true fashionista, will interview the two divas.

I TALKED TO lovely reality TV star and “E! News” host Giuliana Rancic, in an exclusive interview, about the wonderful news that she and hubby Bill Rancic are having a baby thanks to a caring surrogate. Giuliana happily told me from her L.A. home, “We will have to do two nurseries — one in Los Angeles and one in Chicago.”

“However, we will be spending most of our time in Los Angeles because of our co-hosting the new NBC show ‘Ready for Love,’ with executive producer actress Eva Longoria,” Giuliana said. “We are very excited about the NBC show because we have never hosted a show or worked together, and that has been a dream of ours. We begin taping this summer from June throughout August in L.A.”

“The baby is due in late summer,” said Giuliana. “And the baby will be born out of state — not in L.A. or Chicago — to protect the surrogate.”

The happy couple, who star in the hit Style Network show “Giuliana & Bill” and are partners in the new RPM eatery in Chicago, know the sex of the baby but are trying hard to keep it a secret. I told her when she starts shopping for baby clothes in blue or pink, that will be a tipoff to the press. She said, “Stella, my favorite colors are green, yellow & white.” Ha!

Congrats to the hysterically happy Rancics!

A STELLAR EVENT: Dynamic gospel singer and former Maywood resident Jesse Campbell for weeks was a top contestant and became a quarterfinalist on the popular NBC show “The Voice.” And given the votes from the viewers, he rightly should still be on the show. However, on April 16, in a surprise move, the producers decided not to wait for the viewing public to vote, so singer Christina Aguilera axed the financially struggling single dad, now living in Los Angeles, from her vocal team. After his elimination, tennis star Serena Williams tweeted, “Omg Jesse Campbell was the best performance tonight are you serious?”

Well, his being let go didn’t sit well with some Chicagoans. Local writer/director Darryl Roberts, whose documentary “America the Beautiful” garnered international acclaim, is heading up the Friends of Jesse Campbell Committee and hosting a benefit May 5 at the Stave Mansion, 2143 N. Stave St., from 7 to 11 p.m. The tickets are $50 or $100, depending on what a person can afford. And the highlight: Jesse will sing a few songs. For tickets: jessecampbell.eventbrite.com or call: (773) 414-4924.

COOL AWARDS: Gov. Pat Quinn receives the Arc of Illinois President’s Award for being an advocate for folks with disabilities, on Tuesday, at their convention in Lisle . . . This humble columnist will receive the Each One Teach One Literacy organization’s Englewood Community Award for Excellence in Journalism at a luncheon May 5. Urban Prep Academies founder Tim King will get the Excellence in Education award, and three outstanding community leaders also will be honored.

A LOVE ZONE: Bears’ Brian Urlacher and Jenny McCarthy at Joe’s Stone Crab, and in a separate booth at the eatery, his teammates Jay Cutler with Kristin Cavallari, and Brandon Marshall with wife, Michi.

FORMER DESTINY’S Child Michelle Williams speaking at the BAP School of Charm’s High Tea Saturday at the Charles Hayes Center.

BIRTHDAY NEWS: Carol Burnett. On Friday: Singer Jimmy Damon and Todd Lizak. On Saturday: Mesirow Financial’s Les Coney and the Sun-Times’ Norm Parish. On Sunday: WLS-Channel 7 boss Emily Barr, the Sun-Times’ Laura Washington and WUSN Radio’s Lisa Kosty. On Monday: Adela Cepeda, Chet Coppock and Anne Kavanagh. Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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