ALL FOR PAT: Pat Field’s new collection, whose name is a mouthful — Patricia Field Destination Style New York — had its own fashion show Saturday night at the Edison Ballroom. The party — attended by hundreds of people including drag queen performers and “Project Runway” alumni — was a love fest of the “Ugly Betty” cast with Vanessa Williams, Becki Newton, Judith Light and Ana Ortiz hugging and gushing over each other in a way that their rivalrous alter egos on the TV show never would.
“Pat’s our guru right now,” Ortiz said of Field, who is back designing the fashion-focused show. “The third season has been so huge and she’s helping expand it. She really rides that whole line between madness and genius.”
Patricia Field Destination Style New York, inspired by “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” will make its debut on HSN on Sept. 23. A presale for the line also started on HSN.com Sunday. Designed for quick sell-offs, 135,000 pieces have been made. Besides HSN, the line will be sold at Marks & Spencer in the U.K. and at Myer in Australia.
ONCE IS ENOUGH: Could Roberto Cavalli end up doing a television show? The designer pondered the question at an American Express event Thursday night held at his Madison Avenue boutique.
“If you offered me a good program where I could laugh and make people laugh and enjoy it with me, I would do it tomorrow,” he said.
Cavalli opined on fashion women and his roots as a designer to a group of about 50 American Express cardholders. The event was part of the American Express by Invitation Only series for platinum card members. In Style’s Hal Rubenstein grilled the Italian designer on getting his first big break, the influence of celebrity and reflected on some of his favorite designs for Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Kate Hudson, Beyoncé and the Spice Girls, for whom he conceptualized costumes for their reunion tour last winter.
The candid Cavalli admitted it would be his “only time designing their tour outfits.” If the Spice Girls come to me again and say, ‘Roberto make the dresses for our next tour,’ I would say “Never!”
ANOTHER WORLD VIEW: Move over PETA, way over. Guests exiting Sunday’s Tracy Reese show at the Bryant Park tents were hit with protesters with a whole new bone to pick: skinny models.
“Two, four, six, eight, big girls you’ll appreciate,” the buxom ladies chanted; “There’s nothing negative about being a plus,” read their hot-pink tanks.
The organization behind it all: Miss NYC Plus, an annual beauty pageant for the big girls.
“We’re not bashing designers and skinny models,” said the group’s director Chanel Clark, “but we want to see change. We just want fashion week to recognize plus size.”
Well, there was no missing the group that day, including 2008 pageant winner Nic Moore wearing her winning sash. Those interested in next year’s prize can apply on their Web site missnycplus.com for a $20 fee — modeling workshops, included. Sizes 12 to 22 only, please.
QUICK HOOK: Last season, e-tailer Net-a-porter.com taught its customers a thing or two about earlier delivery exclusives when it offered a couple of Halston looks within 24 hours of the runway show. On Sept. 29, it’s offering another exclusive. The luxury site is teaming up with Alexander McQueen to offer their clients eight looks from the designer’s pre-spring 2009 collection — more than two months before they hit the store. The venture will be accompanied by an exclusive video, featuring a runway show of the looks that was held privately after McQueen’s men’s wear show in Milan, and behind-the-scenes footage.
“To have the opportunity to bring a McQueen show presentation straight to potential customers with an option to buy immediately is a first for us, and as such, a truly exciting venture,” McQueen said. The looks being offered include McQueen’s fitted skirt suit and several evening dresses. “With this project, we really are taking the global fashion consumer to the front row at the show — and not just any show, but a show held for her and combined with the instant gratification of being able to purchase her favorites right away and months before anyone else,” said Natalie Massenet, Net-a-porter.com’s chairman and founder.
BEAM ME UP LELA: Zoë Saldaña isn’t fluent in Swahili, but she still managed to land the role of “Uhura” in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie due out next year. She was very much out of character Sunday in a blue ruffle-neck Lela Rose dress at the designer’s show. Many scoff at Trekkies still devoted to the sci-fi series, but the series carried some weight. In the sci-fi show, the original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, planned to call it quits early on, but Martin Luther King Jr. was said to have convinced her to carry on her unofficial duties as a role model. Saldaña’s other 2009 cinematic pursuits include a role in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the first film to feature photo-realistic characters, which actually look real.
PHOTO PLEASE: Julia Roberts is known to hold her own with the paparazzi — even more so when her children are under fire. But her niece Emma was more than game for a few photo-ops Saturday night at Ruffian’s show.
When asked, the 17-year-old gladly sprung up from her seat to pose with hand on hip. She plays “your average, little 16-year-old Lolita” in “Lymelife,” which stars Cynthia Nixon and Alec Baldwin and makes its debut today at the Toronto Film Festival. Her role as a high school basketball player in Sam Rockwell’s forthcoming “Winning Season” required a different kind of action. Roberts said she worked with a couple of different trainers for a few hours a day to learn how to play basketball. It seems to have paid off.
“I’m good at jumpers now,” she said.
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