ADAMS ON AMIES: The gravel-voiced Canadian crooner-cum-photographer Bryan Adams has put a new polish on the 56-year-old house of Hardy Amies. Adams has produced a limited-edition portfolio of photographs of model Lisa Butcher wearing the winter 2003 couture collection, designed by Ian Garlant. "I have always been struck by the strength of the pictures taken at a time when couture was constantly used in editorial, and wanted to do the same," said Adams, who has done portraits of Amies. Garlant said Adams brings "fresh insight, energy and enthusiasm to Hardy Amies." Garlant, who worked under Hardy Amies for 18 years, is the new chief designer of the house and replaces Jacques Azagury, who worked there under contract for one season. Tim Maltin, managing director of Luxury Brands Group PLC, which owns Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell, said the group is focusing right now on building the Amies couture collection. Garlant’s first show will take place in London on Feb. 5.

ROWLEY ON A ROLL: "A lot of designers feel like they need to compromise to survive," said Cynthia Rowley. "I just do what I want." Last Thursday, the designer opened a 750-square-foot boutique on trendy-again Melrose Avenue, which replaces the location she closed on Robertson Boulevard in October after a seven-year run. Rowley plans to spend more time on the West Coast now that she has two TV shows in development — a sitcom and a reality series — in addition to "A Girl’s Guide to Swell Movies" on Showtime. On hand to help her celebrate were New York pals Ileana Douglas and Parker Posey, as well as Los Angeles actresses Lauren Holly, Krista Miller and Brittany Snow. "I want everything in the store," gushed the 16-year-old Snow, "but I'm going to have to convince my mom."

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