DISH OF THE DAY

MALCOLM THE MOUTH: No, Malcolm McLaren and Holly Brubach are not an item, despite the fact that they were tEte-e-tEte at virtually every fashion show last week. Brubach was actually taping McLaren's reactions to the shows for The New York Times Magazine.
"I decided that rather than do an essay on the collections, it would be more interesting to bring someone along to respond to things immediately," said Brubach. "Then I heard Malcolm was going to be in town to promote his album, and I thought he'd be perfect."
And what did McLaren, whose resumA includes a stint as manager of the Sex Pistols, think of the runway music this season, which included plenty of English punk and pop?
"He liked the bebop at Blass," said Brubach. "But otherwise it hasn't interested him."

PAY PER VIEW: Since many of the supermodels didn't show up on the runway this season, one designer thought it would be fun to invite them to see the show. A good idea, no? No. It turned out that you'd have to pay them simply to show up.

MEAT MARKET: Actor David Keith has been hitting the shows, evidently in search of a girlfriend. Strategically placed in front of the models' door at the Ghost show Thursday night, Keith enthused, "I like her. I like her," as Stella walked out. Later, he told a reporter, "I liked the Oriental one--I mean, the Asian one--best." He was talking about Navia.

BORN TO SHOP: Spotted at the Donna Karan show: A wife of the Sultan of Brunei, sitting between Michael Gould and Kal Ruttenstein of Bloomingdale's. The royal woman, it seems, is also a fan of Ralph Lauren. While she and her entourage arrived in New York too late Wednesday night for Lauren's show, she asked that it be repeated for her. That not even Ralph could do, but on Saturday morning his staff brought up to her suite at the Four Seasons Hotel two racks of spring clothes from his Madison Avenue store, plus all the accessories, as well as 70 outfits from his fall show, a show video and a fall look book. She bought three spring ensembles from the store, including shoes, and nine complete fall outfits. Payment was in cash, coming in vacuum-packed envelopes filled with $100 bills. The total purchase came to $31,000.FOREIGN LEGION: Last week, foreign press attendance for the New York collections was up 300 percent over last November's spring shows. According to the CFDA, 431 foreign news organizations sent representatives, versus 130 last fall. In total, 27 countries were represented, including Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, England, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, Korea, Ireland, Chile, Scotland, Australia, Korea and Japan. And no one from France walked out.

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