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Fashion Week Preview Fall 2009

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The Fall Collections in a Word

Read ahead for the singular word that sums up fall 2009 for Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, and more.

By Sharon Clott

Fall 2009 Fashion Week Party Guide

Think the week will be party-free? Not so fast, revelers! Here's a rundown of where to go, who to see, and when to see them.

By Sharon Clott and Amina Akhtar

Farm on Adderley Owners Launching Tiny Ditmas Bistro

Ditmas Park is taking another step toward being the next big Brooklyn neighborhood with an addition to its scant restaurant scene. There now is the Farm on Adderley, Picket Fence, and a guy that cooks ribs on the street outside of left-wing cafe Vox Pop. But help is on the way, reports the Ditmas Park Blog. Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, the owners of the Farm on Adderley, are planning on opening a small bistro on Newkirk Avenue, currently best known for its laundromats and ill-stocked Indian groceries. The two will be operating partners with Pacifico and Patois owner Jimmy Mamary. We asked McDowell about it, and she explained the plan: “It’s going to be tiny. We’re not doing a big, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant there. It’ll be more grown-up, European, but there won’t be a liquor license, just beer and wine. We’d like Tom Kearney, our chef at Adderley, to do the menu, but that’s still up in the air.” So, apparently, is the name: We’re suggesting the Barn, but only because Lentils & More is worse. Newkirk Bistro Aims for Xmas Opening [Ditmas Park Blog] Related: Best French Fries: The Farm on Adderley [NYM]

Babbo and Le Bernardin Alums Take On the West Village; Grayz Serving Lunch

Chelsea: Cookbook author Judith Jones hosts a reading, book signing, and wine tasting tonight at Bottlerocket. [Bottlerocket] Harlem: Looks like a new café and bakery called La Perle Noir is coming to the corner of Lenox and West 131st Street. [Uptown Flavor] Long Island City: Tonight's free tasting at Vine Wine showcases wines of Spain. [Joey in Astoria] Midtown West: Grayz is now serving lunch. [NYS] Tribeca: Eric Ripert's A Return to Cooking includes lovely seasonal recipes but also pictures paintings from artist Valentino Cortazar, whose originals debut at the Hal Katzen Gallery at 459 Washington Street tomorrow. [Snack] West Village: Dell'Anima from former Le Bernardin chef Gabriel Thompson and onetime Babbo sommelier Joe Campanale opens today at 38 Eighth Avenue. [NYT]

Al Roker Always Thought Dumbledore Was a Bit Swishy

Al Roker
Al Roker sees everything coming, not just storm clouds. When we caught up with him at the Quills Literary Awards last night, we asked him what he thought of J.K. Rowling's revelation that Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore was gay. "I was not surprised because I always got the sense there was actually something between him and Hagrid," said Roker, who is a fan of the books. "Either that or it was Hagrid and the hippogriff. One or the other." Oh, Al, you kidder. A hippogriff couldn't mate with a giant! (For the record, Joan Allen told us, "It never entered my mind to think about [Dumbledore's] sexuality." Some people just don't have dirty minds.) What we really wanted to know from Roker, though, was obviously how his new friend at the Today show was doing. You know, the only other guy on the show who is bald? Yeah, Tiki Barber. We kind of wonder how he's fitting in, you know, learning how to baste things instead of score touchdowns. "He's funny, he's great, he's on his game. And he's been a heck of an addition to the touch-football team," Roker assures us. Only… "I wish he would wear some sweaters for men." —Amy Odell Find out about Gay Talese's guilty pleasures and where Steve Schirripa is partying these days at our complete coverage of The Quills Awards.

A Restaurant Gala on a Scale We Can Live With

It’s event season in the New York restaurant world, so it’s not exactly news that there’s another charity gala featuring chefs from local restaurants giving out signature samples. But we love Careers through Culinary Arts Program’s A Taste of Fall. For one thing C-CAP is one of the coolest programs we know of, encouraging culinary talents in public high schools to find careers in the restaurant business. (The participating chefs are all New York City public-high-school graduates, the pride of Long Island City, Harlem, and Prospect Heights.) Plus, the scale of the event is a lot more manageable: It’s only $110, and $75 of that is tax deductible. C-CAP students will assist chefs from Asiate, the Four Seasons, Tabla, and other good restaurants. While you’re eating, $5 raffle tickets could score you a bunch of good stuff, including lunch at Café Boulud, dinner at Craftsteak, or a session with “hairstylist to the stars” Michael Stinchcomb (that’s the one we’re hoping for). So stop by Taj tonight — you can buy tickets at the door. A Taste of Fall [C-CAP]

Akhtar Nawab to *NOT* Leave E.U., Will Open New Restaurant

Akhtar Nawab
Akhtar Nawab, the talented chef who turned around E.U.’s fortunes, is expecting to leave, Grub Street has learned. “We’re planning something, and we are looking at a space,” Nawab told us. The new restaurant, which Nawab will open with Dani operating partner Noel Cruz, will be on West 8th Street. The menu will reflect casual but sophisticated Mediterranean food “something like the original Craftbar,” Nawab explained. (This style is in contrast to earlier rumors, which aligned the new venture with Nawab’s more upscale Allen and Delancey model before he parted from that project.) Nawab was reluctant to present any sort of timeline; he will leave E.U. “soon,” but the new restaurant likely won’t open until late winter or spring. UPDATE: We spoke to Nawab yesterday and misunderstood. Though he will open a new restaurant, he plans to stay on at E.U. Grub Street regrets the error, our bad, etc. Related: Allen and Delancey Tripped at the Finish Line, Won’t Open

From the Desk of William J. Unroch

William Unroch
This morning we received an e-mail from our new favorite person, William J. Unroch. For those just tuning in, William is the lawyer representing the 23-year-old model who the other day filed a suit against banker and Clinton friend Jeffrey Epstein claiming he asked her to perform "bizarre" sex acts at the tender age of 16. It's a curious case, not least because William, 57, is not only the plaintiff's lawyer, but also her boyfriend. He's also a modeling agent, a prolific blogger, and now, possibly, a healer? A modern Renaissance man!

Single Girl Imogen Lloyd Webber Hops Between the Waverly and Beatrice Inns

Imogen Lloyd Webber
Imogen Lloyd Webber says she relishes dining as a single woman — “You can eat cereal for dinner if you want to” — and she should know. She’s the author of the recently published Single Girl’s Survival Guide. “When you’re dating someone,” she says, “you tend to keep up with their eating habits.” (Not that she wasn’t happy, when in town from London, to keep up with her father Andrew’s dinners at the late Manhattan Ocean Club). This week, though, she struck out on her own and hit some more au courant restaurants.