BARNEYS OASIS: Barneys New York is preparing to provide beauty makeovers, of all things, at the Republican National Convention in New York starting later this month. The upscale retailer will set up a complimentary day spa at the media center in the James A. Farley Building across from Madison Square Garden, where about 15,000 journalists will converge. New York’s convention host committee is also weighing whether to install a pool table in the spa, called the Oasis, which will be designed by Barneys’ staff. For women, there will be makeup, mini facials, micro-dermabrasion and waxing. Male journalists needing a lift can expect haircuts, shoeshines, pedicures and hot towels. To help things run smoothly, Barneys will rely on Taylor Piedra, concierge at its Madison Avenue flagship. Barneys is among dozens of businesses sponsoring convention events. “It’s a goodwill gesture” toward the city and visitors, a Barneys spokeswoman said.
A BEAUTIFUL MIND: Who says models aren’t smart? Or, at least, good at trivia. Top model Amanda Moore played bar trivia at Midtown institution Rocky Sullivan’s Thursday night, where snarky quizmaster Liam MacNiallais threw out questions such as, “Who bought New York from the American Indians?” or, “What were the last three movies to win Best Picture Oscars?”
Moore and her team, the Busted Bitches, came in third place, only two points behind the winning Cock Goblins and second-place You Must Be Squidding. “It’s the first time I’ve done this,” she said. “But I’ll do it again next time I’m here.” Even though Moore recently walked the fall couture shows of Elie Saab and Anne Valérie Hash, she sported a pin that said, “Take this couture and shove it.” Indeed. Previously, Jimmy Fallon was spotted partaking of brainy boozing at Sullivan’s, too.
This story first appeared in the August 9, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.