ANNA HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: Talk about the wrong kind of ass kissing. After Rick Owens’ show on Friday, the usual throng was jostling toward two large freight elevators when the designer’s p.r. Pierre Rougier forced his way through with Anna Wintour in tow. After safely placing the Vogue editor in chief all by her lonesome in one elevator, Rougier then raised an imperious hand to the elevator’s operator and motioned for him to close the doors. As the hordes stood in collective shock, an evidently mortified Wintour signaled to Rougier that it was fine for people to get on with her. So a select group (but not nearly the elevator’s capacity) was permitted to board. “It was the tackiest thing I’ve ever seen at a fashion show,” said an editor who witnessed the episode. Rougier declined to comment.
VOCAL STELLA: Stella McCartney may be a hot designer for many of the fashionistas and celebrities who came to toast her new store in the Meatpacking District Friday night, but it was at the after-party where she showed she’s truly daddy’s little girl. Taking over the dive bar, Gaslight, across the street, McCartney set up a karaoke machine, where she and some other famous faces crowded around the mike. Usher led the way with his own song, “U Remind Me,” while Stella and Gwyneth Paltrow sang backup. But Gwyneth hogged the spotlight, singing three more songs, including Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing” and even recreating her duet “Cruisin’” from her movie “Duets” — only this time her partner wasn’t Huey Lewis, but the karaoke operator. Debbie Harry, unlike Usher, begged off when the audience cheered her on to sing, protesting she didn’t know what to sing. Instead, an eager fan in the audience leaped up and serenaded her with his own rendition of “Heart of Glass”. Meanwhile, Jared Leto and his band, 30 Seconds To Mars, fresh from their gig opening for Incubus, arrived late and ignored the mike altogether to go in search of dinner. They found it in the form of cold pizza tossed on top of a trash can.
WISE FOR HER YEARS: Barbara Bush has learned a thing or two from her sister — don’t buy drinks at a public bar. Instead, this Bush twin bypassed any ID problems at Jeremy Scott’s private after party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, where she and her friends drank and smoked into the wee hours. Her drink of choice? Vodka and Red Bull.
SWITCHING SIDES?: While Elizabeth Hurley’s association with the house of Versace goes way back, it appears that the actress has a new friend: Ralph Lauren. She recently wore his white sundress down the red carpet at the premiere of her summer movie “Serving Sara,” and on Saturday night Hurley made her way in Ralph’s black ruffle top and pants to his show at the Cooper Hewitt museum. “It’s the only show I’m going to,” she said. “He’s the only one I wanted to see.” As for her date for the evening, the fair-haired David Furnish, there’s not much to get worked up about: He’s already taken — by Sir Elton John.
WINDOW SHOPPING: Is there already an interested party ready to rescue Miguel Adrover? The designer is on the prowl for backing since he reopened his business independently this season, and, in his audience Saturday night, was at least one businessman with the resources to help out. Massimo Suppancig, who was formerly the chief executive of the women’s Hugo Boss launch in Milan a few years back, jumped up from the front row after the show and made a bee-line backstage, where he greeted Adrover and Sebastian Pons, who has worked as design director on Adrover’s recent collections, with a big hug. “He’s a very good friend of mine,” Suppancig said, adding that Adrover’s was the only show he’d make it to in town.
DECOLLETAGE CALL: Waiting for that important call during a fashion show and don’t have a free hand or pocket to hold your phone? Take a cue from Patricia Field. At Jeremy Scott’s show, she cleverly tucked her phone in the crack of her bosom and at one point, took a short call. Let’s hope it wasn’t set on vibrate.
CARCELLE CARTEL: What could stir up rumors at a young designer’s show like the appearance of Rebecca Carcelle, LVMH honcho Yves Carcelle’s wife, sitting in the front row? When she turned up at Vasseur Esquivel on Saturday afternoon, the room started buzzing. But Rebecca wasn’t on the scout. She had just tagged along with a friend who knew the young designers and had promised to come before heading off to lunch.
Meanwhile, her husband was back in town for the shows of LVMH’s American contingent, including those of Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, although he missed Michael Kors due to a flight delay. And Carcelle also caught an extra show himself on Thursday: that of former Loewe designer Narciso Rodriguez. “I only went as a friend,” Carcelle said. “It’s actually very nice to go to a show when you’re not working.”
SHE’S PINNED: Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin have become regular front-row buddies, both having attended the shows of Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Rick Owens. At Owens’ show on Friday, Moore wore a black YSL jacket and Barkin wore a Carpe Diem jacket and Balenciaga slacks, along with an interesting accessory: a white button that read “I § Jack.” A subtle message to Ron Perlman? Not exactly.
“Jack’s my son,” Barkin said. “I got this at a White Stripes concert. The singer’s name is Jack, too.” Jack White, that is.
GLASS HOUSE?: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey made a rare appearance at New York fashion week, making time to visit Vera Wang’s show on Friday. “I am a big fan of hers. I am wearing Vera at Vera,” she said of her signature black Wang number. Winfrey just finished taping an episode of the show with U2 front man Bono as the guest. “He was so great — and he gave me his glasses” she said. “I only wear them around the house because I lose more glasses than anyone I know. I don’t know what I would do if I lost those.” Just call Bono?
FASHION PRODIGY: Barbara Bush interned at Lela Rose this summer, but she’s not the only novice with a fancy pedigree. Bette Midler’s daughter Sophie spent the summer working for Cynthia Rowley and is anxious for a career in the fashion trade. “It’s not just her — everyone her age wants to work in the fashion business,” Midler said from the front row of Rowley’s show. “Any girl over 12 years old knows more about fashion than anyone else — who’s designing for what house and how many seasons they’ve been there. They can all sketch these beautiful clothes, but they can’t cut anything yet.”
STRIKE THAT POSE: No, Christy Turlington didn’t bust out into any yoga poses at the launch party Sundari threw for her new book, “Living Yoga: Creating a Life Practice,” at the Hudson Hotel’s penthouse last week. But the model-turned-businesswoman, who makes a back bend look perfectly painless on the current cover of Vogue, admitted that it wasn’t as easy as it looks. “I happen to be really good at back bends,” she said, surrounded by friends including U2’s Bono, “but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re my favorite.”
LICHT’S ROLE: Judy Licht isn’t going anywhere, even if her show is. The co-host and creative consultant for “Full Frontal Fashion” is planning to go forward with the new program when it moves from Metro TV to WE: Women’s Entertainment. “I’ve been told I’ll have a contract with the show,” Licht said Friday. Meanwhile, sources noted it’s expected to be a weekly half-hour show, beginning in January.