THE REAL THING: With only Rachel Feinstein and Yvonne Force in the front row, signs didn't bode well for Tara Subkoff's celeb quotient at Imitation of Christ. But the designer made good to show goers who faced stiff security and butt-numbing wooden stools by enlisting her best buddy, Scarlett Johansson, to open the show. Johansson, wearing skintight jeans, a tank top and red heels, made her way down the elaborate stairs inside Surrogate's Court smoking a cigarette. She then strutted and vamped for the frenzied photographers, her hair done up in the fluffed Fifties style the starlet seems to prefer for her red-carpet appearances.

REST DAY?: So much for relaxing before the big match. Roger Federer, the number-one seeded men's player at the U.S. Open, took time out from practicing for today's semifinal match against Lleyton Hewitt to attend Naeem Khan's fashion show Friday morning. Federer had just beaten David Nalbandian in straight sets the previous night and appeared to be enjoying a different venue.

"It was exciting. It was nice and short," he joked afterward. He said he's a friend of Lionel Geneste, the company's creative director. "I met him, and they came to the match, and I wanted to return the favor," said the Swiss tennis star, adding this was his first fashion show. Did he find any similarities between professional tennis and the models on the catwalk? "They're in center stage, the way I am on the court."

Meanwhile, on Thursday night, Kim Clijsters wasn't exactly taking it easy before her semifinal U.S. Open match against Maria Sharapova Friday. The shy Belgian player, who beat Sharapova and has been on the comeback trail all year, was fending off the paparazzi at a store opening party on Madison Avenue for her sponsor Fila. "I am here now because I keep winning in the Open," she quipped. And regardless of how she plays going forward, Clijsters will still have Fila's backing; The company said it will sponsor her for "the duration of her career."STAR HOST: One celebrity who won't be making the rounds of shows today is Mischa Barton. Chanel tapped the actress to co-host a cocktail party at its Costa Mesa, Calif., boutique tonight to celebrate the store's recent makeover by architect Peter Marino as well as the arrival of the fall collection. Naturally, Barton is expected to be wearing an embroidered cocktail dress from Chanel's fall collection. Expected to make an appearance are Rachel Bilson, Camilla Belle, Kelly Rowan and Melinda Clarke. One of them might just get lucky that evening: a quilted Chanel 2.55 bag will given away in a raffle.

SIMPLE ADDITION: Ashlee Simpson's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ryan Cabrera, can hold his own in the fashion department. Front row at Esteban Cortazar's show Friday, the spiky-haired singer said, "I'm really into fashion. I don't always admit it. But deep down, everyone is."

Cabrera said his interest in fashion isn't due to label-happy Simpson. "When you're in music and you're performing and doing TV shows, you have to be." But his fans might easily overlook his favorite possession, a calculator watch. "It's coming back," he said.

BUYS NIGHT OUT: By some miracle, Tom Parker Bowles and his bride Sara Buys have managed to keep the key details of their nuptials — which take place this afternoon — under tight wraps. The two, who met while they were both students at Oxford, will be wed today at 4:30 in the tiny Saint Nicholas Church in the village of Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames, England. Only a handful of guests, including newlyweds Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend the church ceremony, while a dinner dance, with more than 400 guests, will follow at the bride's father's home, a few minutes from the church. The guest list for dinner is heavy on the fashion crowd — Buys is, after all, fashion features editor for Harpers & Queen. Sources said rock 'n' rollers will also be there, in addition, of course, to royals. Everyone's great hope, is that Princes William and Harry will show up with their respective girlfriends — and future brides? — Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy.YURMAN'S NEW FACE: Jewelry company David Yurman has signed 20-year-old Australian singer Delta Goodrem to wear only Yurman looks. The up-and-comer is to wear Yurman pieces in public appearances, on her album cover and in her music videos. Goodrem has had number-one singles in Australia and has won eight Aria Awards, the Australian version of the Grammys.

She has already been on the "Today" show and has visited various events wearing Yurman. On Thursday, she wore a black Donna Karan dress paired with Yurman necklaces, a ring and earrings to the Elle/Bloomingdale's party. Details of the contract's length were not disclosed.

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