PIED PIPER: Actress Piper Perabo enjoyed her paparazzi moment when she took her front-row seat at Oscar de la Renta on Monday, posing and smiling with the best of them. "This is my first show this week," said Perabo, who is starring with Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore in the just-released flick "Because I Said So." "I haven't been to fashion week in a while. It always seems like I am busy filming when it's on." Perabo admitted to being quite the fashion junkie; her favorite designers include de la Renta, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Behnaz Sarafpour, whose show she will check out today. "I always love seeing beautiful clothes walk by and look so perfect."
SHOW ME THE Y-3:Cuba Gooding Jr. will be among the guests at Wednesday night's Y-3 show at the Hunter College Gymnasium, a venue that has never hosted a runway show and that will be transformed for the event. Anna Kournikova, Michael C. Hall, Alan Cumming, Justin Theroux, and French soccer legend Zinedine Zidane will be there to witness the 10th collection for the Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto collaboration.
COLETTE, MEET TARGET:Colette, the Parisian boutique, which prides itself on its exclusives, has been ahead of the curve on more than one trend. Now the retailer, located on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honore, is gearing up for an exclusive engagement of the Proenza Schouler for Target collection. Never mind that Target has no stores in the City of Light. The Proenza Schouler for Target collection will bow at Colette on Feb. 19, with prices ranging from 10 euros to 108 euros, or $12.99 to $140, at current exchange rates. Parisians will be able to sample Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez's jersey dresses, jeans, swimwear, jackets and shorts at a fraction of Proenza Schouler's usual prices.LUELLA SETS UP SHOP:Luella Bartley may have just shown her fall collection in Manhattan, but it's in her native London where she'll open her first store. The designer is set to unveil a standalone boutique in Mayfair in April, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday. She declined to give any more details, however. That Bartley has chosen London as the location for her first store is no surprise: Her muses have run the gamut of Brit icons from The Clash to Sloane Rangers, and her design studio is based in a converted schoolhouse in the city's East End, where she's neighbor to Giles Deacon and Katie Hillier. In Mayfair, Bartley will likely be close to her designer contemporaries, including Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney. both of whom have stores on Bruton Street. Marc Jacobs is set to open on nearby Mount Street next week.
LONDON'S BAG LADY: Anya Hindmarch is on a crusade to reduce the fashion industry's carbon footprint — and her weapon of choice is a $10 shopping bag. The cotton canvas bag has thick, rope handles and screams, "I'm not a plastic bag" in fabric letters on the front. The limited-edition bag will go on sale in mid-March at Anya Hindmarch's U.K. stores and Web site, Colette in Paris, London's Dover Street Market, Villa Moda in Kuwait and on Net-a-porter.com. In April, it will also be sold through some less conventional channels: 300 Sainsbury's supermarkets in Britain. "We wanted to give people a choice between plastic bags and our bags, and what better place than a supermarket?" Hindmarch told WWD, adding that she doesn't mind her bags selling alongside frozen Yorkshire puddings and bottles of lager. "It's not just about the brand. It's about influencing people through fashion, and communicating the idea that it's cool to think about the environment," she said. The project is meant to raise awareness — and there are no profit expectations or charity donations involved. Hindmarch said the reaction so far — you can pre-order the bags on her Web site, anyahindmarch.com — has been "bonkers," and she's already talking to American partners to take the idea to the US soon.NEVER TOO COLD: Blending in seamlessly among the army of socialites in Carolina Herrera's front row was Kim Cattrall. With her coiffed blonde hair and Park Avenue-ready tweed skirt suit (Mrs. Herrera, of course), she could have easily gone straight to lunch at Swifty's. But the actress admitted it was her first time taking in the designer's show.
"Last year, I was doing a play in London at the same time. And right before I left I stopped into a Carolina Herrera store and picked up the chicest outfit that I could wear to cocktails, everywhere," explained Cattrall, referring to Herrera's fall '06 collection. "I also just wore her dress in the Red Dress show on Friday." As for her attire on Monday, clearly the cold temperatures didn't faze Cattrell — she sat barelegged, as if it were a sunny day in July.
BEAUTY TIME:Helena Christensen is getting her feet wet in the world of beauty. At the Heart Truth Red Dress show last Friday, Christensen said she was involved with developing a hair care line, Model.me, with Boots. "It's interesting to be part of the process from beginning to end, and right now we're choosing scents," said Christensen, who added that Erin O'Connor, along with another unidentified person, is involved in the project. "I'm doing the shampoo and conditioner because I use tons of conditioner and am always looking for the next beautiful perfect conditioner. We're all launching different products that have to do with hair care. Now we're on the scent stage, but next will be textures." After recently launching her own clothing line with Lief Sigersen called Christensen & Sigersen, branching into makeup and cosmetics might not be too far down the road. "It's a very interesting and an evolving business to be in, but I'd need someone to be behind me," Christensen said. "It's not simple launching a clothing line, but it takes a lot more competence developing an actual cosmetic line and years of laboratory studies."
CHOICE MODELS: G-Star is picky when it comes to its choice in models — so picky, in fact, that just any U.S.-based model won't do. The company has chosen 26 models (13 men, 13 women) based in The Netherlands to model in the first G-Star New York runway show on Wednesday. G-Star executives are flying all 26 models here on Tuesday to "perform" in the show and attend the after party at The Stanton Social on Wednesday night, and then is sending them back on Thursday. A spokeswoman for G-Star said attendees at the show would be dazzled by a unique performance. "[The models] rehearsed in Barcelona for a few days," she said. "They will be walking on a conveyor belt that is built into the stage."CARAVAN'S NEXT STOP: Caravan got its start selling fashion from inside a remodeled truck that was parked at different locations every weekend. Next came a permanent boutique on Great Jones Street. The store-on-wheels still roams, showcasing hard-to-find brands and vintage pieces, and there's a stylist on board to help customers find a special look. With this emphasis on service, it seems only fitting Caravan's latest venture should be a by-appointment-only boutique on the Upper East Side. The new store, which is located in a brownstone, features Vena Cava, Vivienne Westwood, Alice & Trixie, Sretsis, Nieves Lavi, Rachel Pally, Bill Tornade, Suzanne Simon and Erotokritos.
LEGALLY FRAN: In a move straight out of "Legally Blond II," Fran Drescher flew in from D.C., where she "just passed a bill on women's gynecological health education," to show her support for Reem Acra, where she sat front row Monday. "It's such a worthwhile thing," Drescher said (referring to the former).
KAI'S WONDERMENT:Kai Milla and her husband, Stevie Wonder, work in very different mediums, but that doesn't deter them from discussing inspiration. After her Monday morning show, Wonder said, "She talks a lot about different ideas she might be arriving at. A lot of it is very similar to the way I write a song. It's an inside thing — it could be a sound vision or a vision of a dress."
As for what sets an idea in motion, the 21-time Grammy winner said, "It's hard to say. For me, it might be something I heard, and for Kai, it could be something she has seen. It could be a vision she had in the middle of the night or in the afternoon. Creativity has no time signature."
Milla said her more sophisticated fall collection was a reflection of her own state of being. "I wouldn't say it's a shift — it's more of a development. I have been going through a growing process about who I am as a designer, as a mother and as a family person. My fashion shows I'm here now."Testimony to that, was how her two young sons climbed on the runway — completely unprovoked — to greet her after the show. As Mandla looked around solemnly, Milla explained. "He's the serious one," and then gestured toward Kailand standing nearby, "He's the player."
Their father, Wonder, opted not to play at the show as he has done on at least one occasion. And he didn't have a hand in the music, even though a remix of his "Living for the City" was part of the soundtrack. "She hired a company to do that. But it was very good music," he said.
THE SOPRANOS: Don't be fooled by the black mock turtlenecks, Bryant Park's security team's know-how stretches far beyond the Colts' running game. When one eagle-eyed guard saw Renee Fleming looking flummoxed in the crush of Oscar de la Renta showgoers, he swiftly ushered her through, "By the way, your concert was wonderful," he told "The Age of Diva" songstress. Swaddled in a fur coat and hat, Fleming was not an easy one to i.d. But after years of manning the tents, they know their stuff, so crashers beware. They also have a photography book of socialites and show regulars as a back-up.
BREAKING OUT: As a prelude to the upcoming planned releases of solo albums, Kelly Roland of Destiny's Child fame and J.C. Chasez of N'Sync broke from their ensembles to enjoy at little solo time on Jill Stuart's front row.Neither wore the designer's label to her show. Roland wore Luca Luca, her destination later Monday, while Chasez, who has never worn Stuart, sported Burberry to his first show this season. "I haven't worn it before, but maybe I'll see something I like today," Chasez said.
JUST CHECKING: Rudy Giuliani has yet to officially throw his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate, but who else weekends in New Hampshire in late January without skiing? With his interest still in the exploratory stage, his wife Judith isn't stocking up on campaigning clothes. Before Oscar de la Renta's show, she said, "I'm still loyal to the same people. I've always loved Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera and I still do. In fact, I wore an Oscar gown to President Bush's inaugural ball."But she wouldn't say for certain if the former mayor was getting ready to run next year. She said, "I'm going to do whatever my husband wants to do."
TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE VALENTINE'S: "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" style guru Carson Kressley is counseling Carmen Electra, Milla Jovovich and Petra Nemcova on how to make their clothing relationships last. Kressley will host an "all" Clothing Love Affair, sponsored by All laundry detergent and benefiting the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, Wednesday afternoon at the Gramercy Park Hotel, where the celebrities will swap stories of their love affairs with their most prized clothing. After all, according to the hosts, a survey revealed that the average woman's relationship with her favorite piece of clothing — 12 years — outlasts her longest romantic relationship — 11 years. Doesn't say much about romance.
I HEART N.Y.: Manhattan native Rachel Zoe may be busy in Los Angeles, but when push comes to shove, Zoe has an allegiance to New York. "I was shooting every day this week and then I said forget it. I'm getting on a red eye. My heart is in New York," said the stylist, who landed on Saturday and by Sunday attended Diane von Furstenberg, Erin Fetherston and Matthew Williamson. Hope Zoe's last-minute jaunt doesn't leave her in the r.s.v.p lurch. She has plans to attend about 10 high-profile shows, including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Derek Lam and Narciso Rodriguez.
SPACE AGE: Fancy being a fly on the wall chez Karl Lagerfeld? Extracts from Rodolphe Marconi's long-awaited documentary, "Lagerfeld Confidential," are to be screened over the next few days on MySpace's new fashion channel, MySpace Boudoir. The first episode, posted online at midnight Friday, includes footage of Nicole Kidman during fittings with the designer. The feature's premiere will be held during the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 10, followed by private screenings in Paris and Tokyo in March. The event will mark one of a series of fashion exclusives lined up for the site, which was launched Thursday, including an event with Colette in March.LIBERTY MAN:Jean Bousquet, who founded the Cacharel fashion business in 1958, is being honored by the city of Paris for his colorful career. Bousquet, who made Cacharel synonymous with Liberty prints and a youthful spirit, was awarded the gold medal of Paris by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe in a ceremony Friday. Bousquet said the distinction was particularly dear to him since it coincided with a retrospective exhibit devoted to the brand that opened the evening before the Prêt à Porter trade show. A former politician who was the mayor of Nimes, Bousquet said the U.S. was the next big target for the brand, which clocked 35 million euros, or $45.5 million, in sales (not including licenses) last year. "We're trying to be fresher and younger," he said. "For fall, we're back on track." Bousquet added the brand would unveil its latest women's fragrance, in partnership with L'Oréal, on Feb. 15.
GRAMMY BRAND: If Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera and other musicians nominated for a Grammy walk away from the Sunday awards ceremony empty-handed, they can always seek consolation in a Grammy-branded T-shirt.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which oversees the awards, is launching a clothing line that will include T-shirts from Awake, eyewear from Franco, hand-painted Ts from Michael Eaton and leather jackets from 3J Workshop. Hitting stores this fall, the label — aptly called Grammy Brand — will retail from $49 to $3,700 and eventually expand into shoes, bags and other categories. In the meantime, Grammy nominees can get a peek at the new line at the Grammy Style Studio, aka the Recording Academy-endorsed swag suite that will be open Feb. 7 to 10.
JOOP IT UP:Dirk Schonberger, the German designer who generated buzz with his men's wear, has been named creative director of the Joop fashion brand, based in Germany. Schonberger said he was in charge of men's, women's and accessories. Though absent from the Paris men's runway schedule this season, Schonberger said he would like to return with his own label next year. Wolfgang Joop, who founded the Joop business, left some seven years ago and now designs the Wunderkind brand.ROYAL FLUSH: A close friend of late French President François Mitterrand, Pierre Bergé has taken up the mantle for socialist presidential hopeful Segolene Royale. Bergé has formed a think tank called "Friends of Segolene Royale" to broadly define the candidate's position. Though Bergé said his group wasn't an official mouthpiece, Royale could use some of the Yves Saint Laurent dean's marketing savvy. Recently, the presidential candidate put her foot in her mouth by suggesting independence for Quebec as well as the French island of Corsica.
HOME, SWEET HOME: After being promoted to president and chief merchandising officer of Saks Fifth Avenue on Friday, Ron Frasch didn't party all night long to celebrate. "I went home and had a great dinner with my wife and my children," Frasch said at the Réyes show Sunday morning. "I went to bed early."
IN THE KNOW: Beth Ostrovsky was sitting pretty in the first row of the Maticevski show on Saturday afternoon in a black Alex Gaines dress and black patent leather Gucci heels. The girlfriend of Howard Stern was excited about the show, although she professed her ignorance. "A friend of mine told me to come. I don't know anything about him," she admitted. "But she thinks I'll love it." And would the King of All Media make any special appearances at the shows this week? "I tried," Ostrovsky said. "But he says this is my thing."
CLOSE CALL: Talk about a fire hazard. At the Charlotte Ronson show on Saturday night, the contemporary designer filled The Box, downtown's new dinner-theater hot spot, to the brim. Hundreds of attendees pushed their way into the too-small space, one person even pushing a waitress into a candle, causing her hair to catch fire. She rushed to the kitchen to put out the flame, and, luckily, no major damage was done. Meanwhile, celebrity guest Eve Jeffers had a hard time getting to the front. "Wow, that was rough," she said, finally taking her seat. "I like how we are all so close to each other."