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CAPTAIN AMERICA: Gwyneth Paltrow took a moment to dispel the latest rumors about her leaving the public eye (as if!) at the premiere of “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” Tuesday night in L.A.
“No, no, no. I think people write things in order to sell papers,” she said. “What I’ve said is that I just had a baby four months ago and for the next couple months I’d like to be with her and then we’ll see. I’m open to it.”
Paltrow also said she won’t be abandoning her native country anytime soon, either. “I love America,” she said. “I love Europe. And I love that I get to live in all the cities and have the best of both worlds.”
Even though Paltrow’s co-star, Angelina Jolie, dressed the part of the demure starlet for the evening, Jolie called her flight-commando character her type of woman. Why?
“I love a woman in an eye patch, leather and a bad attitude!”
KAMALI’S COUNTDOWN: As she has throughout her 36-year career in fashion, Norma Kamali is going against the grain yet again. Instead of joining the rest of the designer pack in paying top dollar to amass their ateliers’ long-lost archives, the doyenne of modern dressing is selling four decades worth of jersey dresses, padded-shoulder jumpsuits and wild wedge shoes to vintage hot shop Resurrection. The 5,000 pieces and counting, stored in a New Jersey warehouse, will go on sale Nov. 8 at Resurrection’s New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo stores, as well as at Collette in Paris. “I just decided one day I didn’t want to hold on to these things anymore, and that was that,” Kamali said. And that’s not all. She’s also decided, after two decades, she’s had enough of her 10,000-square-foot temple on West 56th Street. Only a year after whitewashing it to reflect XV, her new wellness line of topical and edible products, Kamali listed the building for sale this summer with Cushman & Wakefield. For the designer, tomorrow is about her successful Internet business and smaller shops in the 700-square-foot range. “People don’t have time to shop any more in large spaces. If they do, they will go to a Costco,” she declared. But she’s isn’t calling for the death of retail yet. “We still want the experience. But the experience has to change with the times.”
DAWSON’S CHIC: Rosario Dawson, it seems, couldn’t get enough of the Narciso Rodriguez show. “You thought ‘sex,’” the now-blonde starlet explained an hour later, sitting in the Buddhist Punk front row. “Narciso does such gorgeous, sexy lines…the beading…the beautiful shoes…so well made.” She herself looked amazing in a slate gray Rodriguez dress.
FIRST-TIMER: Among those in the front row at the Ralph Lauren presentation Wednesday morning was the actress Emmy Rossum, who’ll be starring in Joel Schumacher’s film version of “Phantom of the Opera” this December. (She wore Ralph Lauren on the red carpet to publicize her role in “The Day After Tomorrow” over the summer.) It was Rossum’s first fashion show, and she couldn’t have had a better guide. Her seat mate, David Lauren, chatted with her through the run of the show and, when it was over, all Rossum could say was, “Wow.”
CANDY IS DANDY: Everybody and their mothers were taping reality shows Tuesday night at Marquee, where Candie’s launched its new accessories line designed by Patricia Field. In addition to a crew from CNN, Lizzie Grubman was shooting for her upcoming MTV show, “Power Girls,” and Carmine Gotti actually was there with his mom, Victoria, filming “Growing Up Gotti.” The mob family’s television antics aren’t known to be tasteful, per se, but Victoria Gotti says her late friend, social scion C.Z. Guest, would have approved. “She would have loved it. She would have said, ‘You go, girl,’” she insisted. “And then she would have asked to be on it. Knowing C.Z., she would have been sitting up at night thinking of how to incorporate gardening on the show. My next book actually is about a socialite who I based on her.”
Perched above the Gottis, Tara Reid, Janice Combs and the rest of the jam-packed crowd undulating to Eighties music were two topless women covered entirely in silver paint and wearing nothing but boyshorts, Candie’s shoes and pasties. Perhaps the ladies were paying their respects to Lil’ Kim, who performed later in the evening. Her arrival was also caught on camera.
IN THE TRENCHES: Style.com’s executive fashion director, Candy Pratts Price, apparently couldn’t find the perfect trenchcoat this year, so she just made one of her own. Pratts Price has partnered with creative director of Burberry Christopher Bailey to design a new trench. The limited-edition cotton and gabardine coat has a black satin-silk removable-reversible capelet and is available on Style.com (which links to Neiman Marcus to complete the sale). Burberry’s “Bloomsbury” retails for $1,460, though presumably, Pratts Price got to take one home, gratis, for her trouble. (Like WWD, Style.com is a unit of Advance Publications Inc.)
SOFTER SIDE OF ELLEN: Long a loyalist of the hard-line suits of Helmut Lang and Neil Barret, Ellen DeGeneres is switching to a black custom shawl-collar suit and white satin blouse from Viktor & Rolf for this Sunday’s 56th Primetime Emmy Awards. “Not only do we believe she is one of the funniest people in America,” say Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, “more important for us is the way she stays true to herself and embraces individuality.” Good, because sources close to the collaboration say she’s ditching the mile-long scarf that comes with it. It’s only the second sartorial showing at a major award show for the pair, who dressed Tilda Swinton in 2002 for the Golden Globes. “Of course we love awards shows, although we have yet to attend one.” But they did party their way through the Globes weekend last January. DeGeneres won’t be the only one in the Dutch duo’s designs for what’s billed as TV’s biggest night (unlike the Oscars or Golden Globes, the Emmys are the exclusive domain of television). The comedienne’s girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, also will turn out in a gown — although just which one even she doesn’t know yet. Another two looks will be added for consideration today to the two she already has from the spring and fall collections.
OF KORS: While most designers were taking a breather Wednesday morning, Michael Kors was in a whirlwind, signing autographs, selecting blouses for shoppers and offering fashion tips on Lord & Taylor’s second floor. The designer was there to plug Michael Michael Kors sportswear — just a day after his runway show in Bryant Park and a week after a similar gig at Macy’s.
“Saint Laurent used to have nervous breakdowns in Marrakesh. People asked me what I’ll do after my show, and I told them, ‘I’ll be on a road show.’”
Marshall Field’s in Chicago and Minneapolis, Macy’s in San Francisco and Dillard’s in Scottsdale, Ariz., are some of the other stops on his two-week tour. In the Big Apple, more than a few Lord & Taylor shoppers turned up with newspaper reviews of his most recent collection to be autographed.
“My favorite was the 17-year-old who played hooky. Her mother said, ‘She loves clothes more than school.’ That’s OK with me,” Kors said. “The first two to show up were a 17-year-old and a 70-year-old. It was like they planned it. We always believe we run the gamut.”
Kors’ enthusiasm wasn’t limited to those two. When one autograph seeker told him her name was Capri, he said, “Capri is my favorite place in the world. That’s the coolest thing in the world.”
When one woman suggested designing a plus-size collection, the designer whispered that one is in the works for next year.