I’M A BARBIE GIRL: Cynthia Rowley brought her daughters Kit and six-week old Gigi to FAO Schwarz Wednesday night for the signing of her new Barbie doll. “My life has come full circle,” Rowley said. “I’ve loved Barbie since I was a little girl.” To the little girls who were seemingly everywhere at the event, Rowley couldn’t hold a candle to Barbie, candy and a fancy party. One kept tugging on Rowley’s skirt saying, “Hey, Kit’s mom, when’s the party?” To which a bubbly Rowley answered, “You’re at it!” Before making her entrance to FAO’s doll menagerie, Rowley and her posse (including boyfriend, nanny, a real-life Barbie, and Alan Cumming) posed her children on the store’s enormous stuffed animals for a private photo-op. Clingers to youth and fashion fear not, Barbie’s white leather tote is being made in an adult version by Cynthia Rowley’s handbag licensor Franchi.
PLUS-SIZE PARADE: It’s not unusual to find celebrities dotting fashion shows, but it is extraordinary to find them lighting up a presentation of plus-size fashion, as they will today when designer Abby Zeichner presents the spring collection of her eight-month-old Abby Z brand at Lord & Taylor. Model Khalia Ali, daughter of Muhammed Ali; author-comedienne Wendy Shanker, and Emme, among others, are slated to appear at Zeichner’s show. The event will be staged on the ninth floor of Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship, where the store’s plus-size lines typically draw a 35-and-older, career-oriented customer, said LaVelle Olexa, Lord & Taylor’s senior vice president of fashion merchandising.
In its short life, Abby Z has been donned by such plus-size celebrities as Queen Latifah, Star Jones, Carnie Wilson and Jill Scott, Zeichner said, noting the collection is also carried at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, and has just been picked up by Dillard’s. It has been dropped by Saks Fifth Avenue, where it debuted in July.
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