February 21, 2007

Talk Around Town
Jennifer Tuesday

Leave it to unstoppable Jackie Rogers of East Hampton to take Scores West Gentleman's Club, never known for its fashion, and add a fun crowd and class. I had a lovely chat with the always fashionable Leon Hall, co-host with Joan Rivers on the TV Guide channel. We talked about fur and skinny models, his forthcoming jewelry collection, and his newest ventures on and off Broadway. Best of luck with everything Leon what a doll!

Tina Louise of Gilligan's Island fame, Montgomery Frazier, High Voltage, Sylvia Miles, artist Mike Latham, and socialite Michelle Gerber Klein were also sipping champagne as the show strutted throughout the club. The world's 1st supermodel, Carmen Dell'Orefice, opened the show in a Marlene Dietrich -like role before a parade of gorgeous cocktail dresses, tweed and cashmere jackets, and flowing evening gowns made their way through the gentlemen's club. After the show, fans of Rogers set off for The Plumm for dancing and drinks. Cheers Honey!

While waiting for the Sass & Bide show to start I chatted with J. Alexander, AKA Miss J. This runway expert was gracious and spoke to the masses about the upcoming season of America's Next Top Model. They are already in production for the 9th season! He hasn't been home to his abode in Paris for some 7 months and it doesn't seem like he'll be back anytime soon there's a book deal, movie, red carpet fashion shows, and much more keeping him busy.

My dears from Cain Southampton opened up a hot new spot in NYC Club Gold. Steven Kasuba promised that we'll see him and the other boys at a hot spot in the Hamptons this summer. Where? Can't say right now but you know it'll have a hot guestlist. And cheers to his business partner Jamie Muholland who is enjoying fatherhood with his gorgeous wife and their son Ocean.

Carmen Electra, Ashanti, and our own Hampton lovely Lydia Hearst were front and center for the gorgeous Tadashi show. Lydia told me about her new bag for Puma and gushed about the upcoming Heatherette show. She also mentioned the Designers for Darfur show that would end the week. You look fab as a redhead Lydia!

It was hot and getting hotter as the days rolled on. At the Tracey Reese show Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, Tommy Tune, Alicia Keyes, and David Evangelista took in the gray pallet. I'm not sure about the long shorts but the collection as a whole was ab fab!

Kai Milla is a relatively new designer with some gorgeous clothes to show for her efforts. Her husband, Grammy legend Stevie Wonder was right up front with the kids for her show. Stylist Philip Block also made an appearance.

In Sync's JC Chasez and Kelly Rowland dropped in for Jill Stuart's very mod show at the library. Funny lady Fran Drescher and actress Amber Tamblyn enjoyed the clothes at Reem Acra .

But everyone loves Luca, Luca Luca that it. Miss Universe, Vanessa Trump, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy, Petra Nemcova, Beth Ostrosky, Kimora Lee Simmons, Carmen Electra, JC Chasez, Robert Verdi, and Nigel Barker beat the crush with front row seats. Silver, gray, and fur what's not to love!

At this point it was time for a little rest and relaxation. Over at the Daily Suite I had a lovely massage then chatted on the bed with Cygalle of Cygalle Healing Spa, photographer Patrick McMullan, Radu, J. Alexander, and Bettina Zhilka . We all mussed about the cold weather and wished that a Hamptons summer would hurry up and get here already. Ah, warm sand, cool drinks, hours spent in a hot spa.

Back into the cold and over to the Max Azria show. Amber Tamblyn (who from that point on seemed to be at every show), Kelly Rowland, Tinsley Mortimer, Katharine McPhee, Fabiola Berracasa, Robert Verdi, and Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. didn't seem to notice the seat fillers in the front row. All eyes were on the frocks love the splashes of strawberry and chartreuse.

Anyone with manners was seated on time for Betsey Johnson's show. Beth Ostrosky, Fran Drescher, fashion and interior designer and host of Bravo's Top Design Todd Oldham, Robert Verdi, Amber Tamblyn, and the Simmons clan Russell, Reverend Run, and Rev's daughters cheered each look. Ms. Betsey is clearly embracing grandmotherhood as she helped little Layla down the cheering runway to take her second bow. After a quick pass-off to her daughter she was on her own, ripped off her top to revel a black tank, and cartwheeled down the aisle. The Simmon's brothers jumped to their feet and the room went wild for Betsey. Oh, and the clothes were fabulous too!

Vogue's elite Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley perched for Peter Som . Aiesha Tyler dropped in for the chilly show by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent . Hal Rubenstein and Judith Licht didn't seem to mind the 50 minute late start of Vera Wang's show.

Designers for Darfur, founded by designer Malcolm Harris and model Lydia Hearst in association with Fashion Television and presenting sponsor Steve Madden, hosted a charity fashion show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City aimed to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Save Darfur Coalition.

For this amazing event nearly 100 of America's leading designers, including Marc Jacobs, Joanna Mastroianni, Anait Bian, Jackie Rogers, Anand Jon, Traver Rains and Richie Rich, and Donna Karan, created one of a kind ensembles in Red, Yellow, Green or Black (or any combination of these symbolic colors of Africa) to be featured in the show. The fashion industry's top models, hair and make-up artists as well as wardrobe stylists also donated their time, talent and assistance to the cause.

Patti LaBelle, Fonzworth Bentley, Michelle Rodriguez, Fabiola Beracasa, Christy Scott Cashman, Robert Verdi, Carol Alt, Janice Combs, Oksana Baiul, Melissa Berkelhammer, Alison Minton, Kathleen Giordano, Dr. Eric Berger, Julie Haus and Collette were all on hand to show their support and commitment toward ending the genocide currently taking place in Darfur.

All of the donated looks will be auctioned off on eBay at starting February 12th, 2007, rotating at intervals of 30 ensembles. The second interval of ensembles will go up for auction on February 23rd, 2007. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Fashion is such a show the clothes, the people, and the people watching. I love it all c'mon admit it, you do too! Until next week fashion lovers toodles.