TWO’S TROUBLE: “Welcome to total chaos.” That was Georgie Frasch’s reaction to having given birth to twins last Thursday at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The set of babies, Honor Elizabeth and Christian Joseph, weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces and 5 pounds, 14 ounces, respectively. “Everybody feels great,” said the father, Ron Frasch of Saks Fifth Avenue, who has two grown children from a previous marriage. The store’s second-highest-ranking merchant next to Andrew Jennings, president and chief merchandising officer, Frasch said he has yet to be given an official title.
PLAYING POLITICS: The Republicans may be coming to town in a few weeks, but it was a Democrat who held court at Fred’s at Barneys New York on Tuesday afternoon. Sen. Hillary Clinton,, lunching at a prominent table in the restaurant’s center with what appeared to be a gaggle of aides, was approached by so many well-wishers as she attempted to eat her salad that she ended up taking her post-lunch iced coffee to go. No word on whether she stopped off to do a little shopping on her way out.
CHANGING CHANNELS: Stefano Gabbana is about to add some TV experience to his résumé. He’s slated to appear regularly on a new Italian program debuting this September on satellite TV called “La Sottile Linea Rosa,” or “The Fine Pink Line.” The show’s premise sounds a bit like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” with an Italian twist: Gabbana and two gay male hosts will work their magic on Italian girls desperate to find boyfriends. Gabbana told the Italian daily paper Corriere della Sera in an interview that the psychological component is key. “When you see a girl that has a complex about having a plump behind and you tell her, ‘Don’t worry, even Jennifer Lopez looks like that up close,’ the girl calms down immediately.”
GOOD SPORTS: Strolling the length of a runway may be as physical as it gets for some fashion designers. But expect to see more than a few industry faces in Athens as the Olympic Games get under way. A spokesman for Valentino Garavani said he accepted an invitation to attend Friday’s opening ceremonies and mingle with heads of state at a private dinner. Kenzo Takada, who designed official uniforms for the Japanese team, is also en route to Greece for the festivities, along with Emanuel Ungaro creative director Giambattista Valli, who, as reported, has torch-bearing duties, too.
This story first appeared in the August 11, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.