HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW: For those trying to figure out just why Izabella Miko has been turning up in front rows left and right, the originally blonde actress, who was a brunette on Friday, added to the confusion on Sunday by turning up again as a blonde. Is she a master of illusion? In the witness protection program? Nah, she claims to have changed colors for a couple of different films she’s working on back-to-back. “I’m just glad I still have hair,” Miko said. But could there really be that many sequels to “Coyote Ugly”?
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BEATING THE BUSH: Tyson Beckford might not watch too many reality shows — “I only watch ‘The Osbournes’” — but he is getting ready to be in one of his own. The hunky model is leaving for Australia, where he will be a part of the ABC series, “I’m a Celebrity So Get Me Out of Here,” where viewers will vote B-list celebs off the show, like Beckford and Melissa Rivers. So really, when they lose, they win. Beckford is set to be there for two weeks and doesn’t foresee missing anything except for maybe one thing: “No sex for two weeks…I’ll be [expletive deleted] in the bushes.”
GONE TO THE DOGS: The fashion shows may not be attracting A-list celebrities these days, but the Westminster Kennel Club judging program sure did. On Monday, Martha Stewart roamed Madison Square Garden’s backstage area, admiring some of the most well-groomed dogs nationwide.
But Stewart, who commented just weeks ago to The New Yorker that she “has never not been nice to anyone” refused to pose for a WWD photographer. “Women’s Wear does not want to run my picture,” she barked, before storming off. “We love dogs, that’s why we’re here.”
STYLIST MUD WRESTLING: Fashion week has got its first catfight! Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, wearing a ridiculous swashbuckler bandanna on his head on Sunday, squared off against Leon Hall of “Fashion Emergency’’, whose appearance always raises at least one pair of eyebrows (his own). Hall was overheard at Alice Roi’s after party telling several guests that Bloch had practically accosted him over his recent on-air description of some dress that Halle Berry wore as “lackluster.” Bloch had selected that dress, personally, thank you very much.
“I mean, I don’t even think lackluster is a bad word,” Hall said, taking a poll. “Do you?”
CODE ORANGE? WEAR WHITE: Judi Nathan has learned a thing or two from her guy pal Rudy about how to behave in tense times. Wearing a white Burberry suit at Carolina Herrera’s show, she looked positively perplexed when asked if she was concerned for her safety. “Absolutely not!” she scoffed. “I’m here looking for clothes.”
And no, she wasn’t on the prowl for a wedding dress, but was hunting for some “good suits. I like feminine and pretty.”
ENOUGH SAID: Donald Trump to Tina Brown at Oscar de la Renta, upon realizing their seats were in the same section, for the umpteenth time: “You see, we’re wedded.” Smooth, eh?
“But where are the cabs?” Valets in Elle gear at that corner said there had been 20 cabs there just a minute before, but they had all been taken.
THE WOOL OVER THEIR EYES: The animal-friendly design house Gaelyn and Cianfarani is the subject of a nasty little rumor going around fashion week. The designers Genevieve Gaelyn and Atom Cianfarani design an animal-friendly line of S&M-themed clothing and are planning to show their collection at 11 a.m. today. No, it’s not for animals or doing things with them, but rather animal-friendly because the designers use latex and rubber instead of the traditional leather, which got the folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals interested in sponsoring the show.
But word is that Gaelyn and Cianfarani are not so adverse to the idea of using a little skin here and there, and that one of them is actually allergic to latex.
“It’s not true,” said Leah Schwartz, director of business and public relations. “There’s been a lot of that today. It’s all the excitement. We work with recycled bicycle inner tubes and latex rubber sheeting, which is imported from England.”
BIG DEAL: J.C. Penney keeps snatching up exclusive brands and today it’s expected to add another: True Beauty by Emme. The model will do an exclusive line of large sizes for the Texas-based retailer, which will be rolled out to about 500 Penney’s stores next month, as well as to the Penney’s catalog and website. The line will have an average price point of about $45. Emme will join Bisou Bisou, which Penney’s has just begun selling on an exclusive basis.
PAPARAZZI PUNCH: So, are even the celebrities getting tired of all the hubbub? At Cynthia Steffe, a frazzled Paula Abdul plumb got up and left after having one too many cameras flashed at her and her little dog. “She went backstage to watch. The dog was throwing a fit,” said Steffe president Richard Roberts. “We didn’t want another Steve Ruzow sheep incident.” Meanwhile, actress Heather (Welcome to the Doll House) Matarazzo looked more than a little bewildered at Jill Stuart. “I only go to two shows — this one and Cynthia Rowley,” said Matarazzo, squinting up at the glaring lights. “There’s just too much hustle and bustle.”
UNIVERSITY OF BRYANT PARK: Rosario Dawson is out this week for a little fashionable schooling. The actress, who was most recently in Spike Lee’s acclaimed “25th Hour,” had no idea who made the leather skirt and fur vest she had donned for the show. “That’s why I need to go to fashion shows,” said the Latina beauty, who has been in attendance at Jill Stuart, Oscar de la Renta, Nicole Miller, Chaiken and Luca Luca. Dawson’s latest project, a Peter Berg film under the working title “Helldorado,” stars Seann William Scott and includes such eclectic cast members as Christopher Walken and The Rock.
MARCIA’S MOMENT: Who better to understand hype than an actress? Having just completed the filming of “Mona Lisa Smile” with Julia Roberts and “Mystic River” with Clint Eastwood, Marcia Gay Harden was enjoying some free time at Cynthia Steffe‘s show on Monday and marvelling at the throng. “These things have more hype than a film premiere,” she remarked, flashbulbs popping in her face. Harden attended Nicole Miller’s show Sunday night with her four-year-old daughter, but was at Steffe for a more personal reason — the two are friends. “She’s so sweet, and so talented and her clothes are affordable,” said Harden, praising the tweed suits at the beginning of the show. “It looked like funky Chanel.”
COLLINS AND OSCAR: “He’s the designer du jour,” Joan Collins said at Oscar de la Renta — although actually his is the only show Collins plans to attend all week. Having completed a short stint on “Guiding Light,” and with a new book out called “Star Quality,” Collins is headed to Los Angeles to discuss some TV projects and has the rights to play “Auntie Mame” on stage. “It’s been a lifelong ambition to do that part. It’ll probably happen in a year,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ally Hilfiger seems to be branching out. The front-row fixture at her father’s fashion shows (and the subject of a profile in the debut issue of Teen Vogue this month), turned up at Oscar de la Renta Monday morning. But don’t fret — the high school senior also will be at Dad’s on Wednesday.