NATURE BOY: Miguel Adrover is back and he’s in love with fashion — and New York — all over again. And why not? He’s with a company that indulges his creative whims: Hess Natur, the eco-friendly German mail-order business that hired him as creative director last year. “I was able to let my mind run wild,” Androver noted. That resulted in one of the more standout presentations during a packed week. Given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted, Adrover came up with a fashion-cum-art installation for his Sunday presentation of nine garments, each spotlighting a different aspect of the company’s natural resources. To wit, he spliced together a sexy bustier dress from panels of linen and created another fluffy frock out of 2,000 yards of cotton ribbon. All of it, of course, was organic and, as Androver reminded: “No pesticides or chemicals were used.” The homespun vibe was highlighted by the fact that everything was done by hand. Even the exhibit itself had Adrover’s fingerprint all over it — literally — since he designed the wood mannequin sculptures and set up the elaborate staging himself. “Most people see [green fashion] as crunchy granola,” Adrover said. “I want to give it a new face and excite people to eco-clothing.”
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TIME TRAVELERS: Without his pointy ears, Leonard Nimoy, aka “Mr. Spock,” was just another guy at Yeohlee’s fashion show Monday. But 42 years after the sci-fi pilot first aired, he is still at it, playing his adult self in J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming feature, which is “a prequel to the entire franchise,” he said. Zachary Quinot shaved his eyebrows and spent some three hours each day to get the ear thing just right to act as the younger Spock. Watching the actor as his younger self was “wonderful,” said Nimoy, adding, “I handed off the torch,” extending his arm for effect. And dogged as those Trekkies may be, Nimoy isn’t giving any clues about what lies ahead for the USS Enterprise crew. Monday’s reason for being there was much more tangible anyway. “We’re the Yoehlettes,” he said of himself; his wife, Susan, and seatmate Calvin Tsao.
For Isaac Mizrahi’s spring relaunch of Liz Claiborne that Macy’s Terry Lundgren and Nicole Fischelis were seated next to Liz Claiborne Inc. chief executive officer William L. McComb at Mizrahi’s show for his designer collection Monday. It was Lundgren’s first show of the week, and he said that, later this week, Mizrahi was going to personally walk him through the new Liz Claiborne line. “But all of my team has seen it and came back with positive reviews,” Lundgren said. “I’m hearing good things, and I am excited to see it.”
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: Tinsley Mortimer hosted a midmorning cocktail and frozen yogurt party to showcase her latest collaboration with Samantha Thavasa, the Japanese handbag firm. Backstage at the tents in the W Hotel VIP lounge, the gossip girl handed out her very own fashion week survival kit inside each bag. And what, exactly, does the Tins need to get through a week of nonstop shows and parties? “A great, big day bag that holds everything — water, coffee, a mirror, gum or mints, Dior show mascara, blotting papers and lip gloss,” listed Mortimer.
OLIVER PEOPLES EYES DESCHANEL: Los Angeles-based luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples has chosen singer-actress Zooey Deschanel for its spring print ad campaign and short film. The ads and short will be shot by director-photographer Autumn de Wilde, known for her videos for Beck, The White Stripes and Jenny Lewis, as well as documentaries on Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte. Deschanel’s co-star will be up-and-coming singer Matt Costa, and she also plans to collaborate with the company on an optical and sunglass collection that will launch in March.
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