TABLOID TIME: The front row of the 2 B Free runway show at Los Angeles nightclub Boulevard3 Monday night looked like the pages of a tabloid come to life: Tara Reid incessantly rearranged her hair, Hayden Panettiere bounced in her seat to a booming 50 Cent song and Brandon Davis lighted a cigarette, prompting seatmate Elisha Cuthbert to throw up her hands in mock dismay. And, again, Paris Hilton, the rock-inspired label's unofficial spokeswoman, strutted the runway in skintight leggings and short dresses.
British singer Robbie Williams, who was in the news last month after entering rehab, said he enjoyed the circus-like atmosphere. "I didn't even know that this was a fashion show," he said. "I just came with a mate. But I'm a go-with-the-flow kind of person, and I'm quite liking it."
MEISTER LICENSEES: Los Angeles-based designer David Meister, whose company has been owned by Kellwood Co. since its inception in 1999, has just seen the demise of his sportswear collection, but he is looking to expand his licensee business. Outerwear is likely to be the first category with footwear to follow, he said. Over breakfast at Chateau Marmont on Tuesday, Meister, who is not showing at Los Angeles Fashion Week this time around, said he loves the second-floor shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman. "Every time I go to New York, I have to stop there. It's a feeding frenzy; women and shoes are just so sociologically interesting."
MY LEFT EYE: Organizers of the Cannes Film Festival are keeping a tight lid on details about its lineup, but one movie expected to debut there in May is already generating buzz in Paris. It's Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," based on the acclaimed autobiography of the late Elle editor in chief, Jean-Dominique Bauby. Bauby suffered a stroke at age 43 that paralyzed his entire body save for his left eye, which he used to blink out his memoir. He died shortly after the book was published in 1997. Emmanuelle Seigner, Marina Hands, Emma de Caunes and Marie-Josée Croze are among the female stars of the film, with Mathieu Amalric in the lead role.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"