Nicole Miller Likes to Show in the Early EveningIt’s still early summertime, which makes even the most precocious among us think ahead only to this fall — except for fashion designers, who are all prepping their spring 2008 lines (which, natch, they’ll show this fall). We bumped into Nicole Miller the other night, at the Soho Grand after the Interview screening, and she told us all about planning a new show — the science of picking dates and times, and the dreaded curse of model-hoarding.
Socialites Reduced to Mere NumbersRomeo + Juliet opened at the New York City Ballet earlier this week, and guests at the black-tie dinner afterward were handed not seating cards but rather a sprawling seating chart. Odd: Instead of being shown their seats, society girls with tiny clutches were forced to grapple with 25 pages of table assignments. But the usual system was fortunate for folks like us, providing insights into the inner workings of high society. For example:
• VIPs get triple-digit table numbers. Double-digit tables seemed to have a maximum of one celebrity each, while single digits went to the teeming masses.
• Designer Alice Roi does not seem to count as a VIP. Neither did MoMA bigwig Agnes Gund.
• Former mayoral candidate Carl McCall won this round by sitting at table 55, right next to the bar.
• Lost’s Michelle Rodriguez, no longer serving time, was sentenced to table 8. (Or maybe not: Turned out to be a civilian with the same name.)
• Nicole Miller, whose husband works in national security (who knew?), was supposed to be at table 109 with fellow designer Thom Browne. Instead, she was a little disappointed to have been moved to table 114 with Gilles Mendel, Byrdie Bell, and Mary Alice Stephenson. How do we know? Because she got stuck sitting next to us and borrowed our seating chart to check out where all her friends were. Jada Yuan
Still Taking Fashion Cues From the KennedysNicole Miller celebrated her 25th anniversary as a designer last night by throwing a dinner at Chinatown Brasserie for friends including Zac Posen, Shalom Harlow, Jane Krakowski, and her pal Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — and to mark the milestone she donated $25,000 to Kennedy’s Riverkeeper environmental group. But, as he told us, it was hardly her first gift to him. “Nicole noticed a long time ago, probably fifteen years ago, that I like to wear thin ties,” he said. “And so she made a bunch for me, these little thin ties.” He held out the slender navy one, dotted with tiny parrots, around his neck. “I’m very happy to see that they’re finally coming into style and she’s actually selling them in her stores,” he added. Actually, you can’t find the exact ties she made for Kennedy, which Miller said are one-of-a-kinds, but others like them. “I think all men should wear skinny ties,” she said. “I think it makes you much cooler than, I don’t know, anyone who wears fat ties.” —Amy Odell