Tyra and Bloomie pretend to plant trees in Chelsea, the broken playground in Union Square Park is creepy, and lesbian sightings are scarce in the Slope these days. That and more in our daily boroughs report.
Try as we might, we can't ignore Christian Siriano. Normally Project Runway winners don't stay in the spotlight for postshow achievements, but Siriano might be the first. WWD reports today Siriano found backers for his line on Monday, which is gosh darn fast.
We can officially confirm this season of America's Next Top Model is going to be awesome. Perhaps even off the chain. The Post reports that the show's fourteen contestants trashed the $6 million Tribeca loft they lived in for ten weeks:
News flash! We have officially confirmed noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker does in fact have a soul. Also, Tyra might want to practice introducing him as "noted fashion-slash-nature photographer," as we've just learned Barker has embedded with the Humane Society and selflessly flung himself into the cold nether regions of Eastern Canada to photograph fluffy, white baby harp seals.
Though much of the world still hasn't gotten enough Lindsay Lohan since her nude Marilyn Monroe–inspired pictorial, designer Jill Stuart has. In May 2007 Lohan was the first celebrity to appear in a Jill Stuart campaign; though she never reappeared, the designer said she might. Rumor has it, however, that the brand now has its eyes on Hilary Swank, which would explain the Oscar winner's front-row appearance at Stuart's show during Fashion Week.
Once upon a time a blogger went to a Victoria's Secret makeup event. And Heidi Klum was there. Yay! And she had some tips on what to do with your face when you're walking the red carpet, which you obviously do every day:
As we watched the parade of sob stories and screeching girls on Wednesday night's premiere of America’s Next Top Model, it got us all misty and nostalgic for the knuckleheads of yore. How much more poetic if Tyra Banks had used her tenth — tenth! — cycle to celebrate the nutjobs who got her there?
Roberto Cavalli is on the fast track to becoming fashion's Hugh Hefner: He's often embedded in a throng of hot ladies, and WWD reports today that not only is he opening nightclubs around the world, but Cavalli also has a television show in the works.
• Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier was forced to start his show an hour late in Milan today after Ferragamo's late start backed up the day's schedule. On the upside, Maier's coats were marvels of geometric chic. [WSJ]
Tyra Banks's latest reality venture, Fashionista, in which contestants compete to become the next top fashion assistant (oh, the glory of it all!), is currently casting — we submitted our application and have yet to be called upon, sniff, but we hear producers are plucking potential cast members right off New York streets.
Usually by this point in Fashion Week, we're so tired that we start hallucinating celebrities everywhere we look. While this would be divine if we were having visions of Matt Damon, instead there was a split second in which we were convinced we saw Kenneth Branagh wandering around aimlessly in a full-length man mink (strike one), and we thought this one short dude at Carolina Herrera was Lucy Liu (strike two, and we're sorry about that gender mix-up, Lucy).
Amid the usual chaos backstage at Baby Phat, Jada Yuan managed to catch up with not only label designer Kimora Lee Simmons, but also Tyra Banks, Robert Verdi, Star Jones, and Vivica A. Fox, who each testified to Kimora's "fabulosity," as Fox put it. "Kimora is big, she's over-the-top, she's a grande dame," said Banks; "she taught me 'off the hook' and 'off the chain' — and the chain is actually diamonds, when it's Kimora's chain," added Verdi. Indeed. Watch the video for more.
There’s nothing like bookending day one with a pair of genuine national treasures: Liza Minnelli at breakfast time, and come supper, that deeply understated legend of Lycra-blend we call Kimora Lee Simmons. Tonight’s Baby Phat show was everything we’ve come to expect from the exceedingly subtle model turned designer, right down to the feathered hot pants, visible garter belts, and getups that felt inspired by Atonement via a few head injuries and maybe a martini.
Last night we ran into noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker at Maggie Norris's pre–Fashion Week party, and we're happy to report that the man who can most often be found sitting behind the judge's stand on America's Next Top Model does in fact have legs. We asked him if he was going to be bringing his expert opinion to Tyra's new show, Fashionista, in which women will compete to become assistant editors at Elle. "I was asked to come onboard today!" he said. "I said I'd love to." So what is it going to be like? we asked. Will it be like America's Next Top Model only less pretty, and more passive-aggressive? "I think the fashionistas are going to go out there and realize how hard and how cutthroat and ruthless this industry can be," he said. But won't it be kind of mundane? He waved this away. "People are obsessed with all aspects of this industry," he explained. "It's sexy, it's cool, it's unattainable." Which is why, we guess, none of the Top Models have gone on to become, you know, top models. Speaking of the industry: Doesn't Nigel ever miss being a real-life fashion photographer? Apparently, this hit a nerve. "I shoot all the time," he huffed. "Every day! Yesterday! I'm doing a big David's Bridal campaign, and I just did some stuff for Microsoft. I'm a photographer, that's what I do." But what about, um, fashion? He nodded sagely. "You never see me when I'm taking pictures because I'm on the other side of the lens. Look closely at their eyes, and you'll see my reflection." —Amy PreiserFor more up-to-the minute Fashion Week madness, check out New York's new blog: The Cut!