BAILEY’S DEBUT: Christopher Bailey on Aug. 28 will have his first runway show in the U.S. since becoming Burberry’s creative director six years ago, and it’s Chicago, where he’ll be taking his first bow. Invited by Nordstrom, Burberry’s largest U.S. wholesale customer, Bailey will show Burberry Prorsum’s fall-winter 2007-2008 collection at the Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace as a benefit for Lookingglass Theatre Company. The next afternoon, Bailey will hold court at a trunk show at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue, a warm-up for an appearance the following morning at the retailer’s downtown San Francisco store. That afternoon Bailey will nip up to Nordstrom’s home turf in Seattle for a trunk show at a Bellevue location that is still being scouted.
FOODIES’ PARADISE: Tory Burch, Samantha Boardman, Abbey Doneger, Ruth Reichel and David Rockwell were among the 1,000 people who turned out last week for Citymeals-on-Wheels’ 22nd annual chef’s tribute called “Chefs Gone Wild.” The event at Rockefeller Center featured tastings from some from the country’s most talented chefs — all of whom cooked with local ingredients and served samplings of their signature dishes — including Alice Waters, Dan Barber, Larry Forgione, Jonathan Waxman, Bill Telepan, Alfred Portale and Charlie Palmer. Co-chaired by John and Laura Pomerantz, Kevin and Susie Davis and Ninah and Michael Lynne and hosted by Nick Valenti, the evening raised a record $1.2 million for the charity, up from $1.15 million last year. Saks Fifth Avenue pitched in as well, devoting its 50th Street windows to Citymeals-on-Wheels and its mission.
A WASP BY ANY OTHER NAME: Assouline’s new book “A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style” was originally going to be called “WASP Style.” But the French publisher, which called the style “a uniquely American subculture,” said it had to change the title because “no one would talk to us — Lilly Pulitzer hung up on us.” The new title seemed to suit the WASPy crowd that filled J. Crew’s 91 Fifth Avenue location Wednesday night for a private book signing with author Susanna Salk. J. Crew lent not only its store, but also its madras print for the book’s back lining (the front is lined with seersucker). Salk — a Boston native and Connecticut resident — wore a long green J. Crew sundress for the occasion. She noted that while Lilly Pulitzer proved the most often worn brand by WASPs (shocking), “So many of the fashion houses now have something WASPish. It’s ebbed and flowed over time — it was big in the Eighties and now it’s big, but just not head to toe. There’s a nostalgia built into the fashion element.”