We have incredibly strong feelings about sandwiches namely, that they are awesome but we very rarely find ourselves wanting to be the meat in one. That changed at Cynthia Rowley on Friday evening when we saw the divine Alan Cumming perched in the front row next to fellow Briton Glenda Bailey. All we wanted to do was wedge ourselves between them and listen to what we imagine was some very sassy repartee. Alas, we couldn't find an excuse that didn't violate the laws of decorum and/or physics, so they bravely soldiered on without our intervention. Cumming looked exactly as he often does: a suit, a patterned shirt, a wide smile, and his familiar wiry gray hair that stands slightly skyward, as if he was terribly stressed out about something just recently although his demeanor was quite the opposite, as he and Bailey chatted very happily.
Cumming, a regular fixture in Rowley's front rows, whipped out an iPhone wrapped in a case the color of a taxicab, which seems exactly right and snapped pictures throughout the show, sometimes folding himself in half so he could get precisely the right low angle of the models' feet. Down the way, Julia Stiles's dimples were out in full force; she caused quite a stir when she emerged from backstage, possibly because she's sporting new bangs that are super cute and flattering on her. We wish we could say the same about her dress. Coral with circular cutouts near the knee-length hem (she wore it with tights), it was very nearly great, but in the end, didn't quite seem to gel for her. Kind of like Save The Last Dance.
Stiles sat with Lauren Bush sporting a FEED bag, as per her philanthropic usual and across from mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig, who looked very unassuming in a blue dress and seemingly without a stitch of makeup on her face. (Which, it's worth noting, did not appear to need any that lady has some seriously lovely skin). One section over from her, we spied Jill Flint from Royal Pains, very pretty in a white cocktail dress paired with black-lace hose, and very studiously avoiding doing the kind of mugging for the cameras that we saw from her at BCBG on Thursday. Indeed, when we sat down and chatted with her, Jill was beyond charming even if she did coyly refuse to give us any spoilers. When we asked if she was in for the long haul this week, she grinned and confessed that she was just about to bail on Fashion Week to “sneak off to Paris” with her fiancé for a long-awaited romantic vacation. “It's been a long winter,” she explained. Indeed but at least for her, it won't be a long week.