QVC’S CATCH-UP: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were no-shows at QVC’s postshow party Saturday night, but Christina Ricci made an appearance at the Rockefeller Center bash. The actress caught up with Angie Harmon, while Denise Richards and Carmen Electra giggled and bonded while trying on clothes and accessories from the K-Dash by Kardashian, Dennis Basso and Rachel Zoe lines in the pop-up store. Jessica Lowndes arrived in a Monique Lhuillier cocktail dress that she had scissored off an hour before to lose the gown look. There was no telling whether she passed muster with Zoe and Elle’s Joe Zee, who used the occasion to catch up.
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AT HOME WITH REEM: Reem Acra is the latest designer to be indoctrinated into the affordably priced world of televised shopping. Her new collection for HSN, called Reem, will make its debut Sept. 22 and 23 during a series of live segments filmed during the finale of HSN’s Fall Fashion Series Presented by Elle. Acra, who is known for her elaborate and expensive eveningwear, knew the HSN crowd was not her typical customer. She did her homework: “I watched HSN night after night for more than a month,” she said. I would come to work very tired because I watched too much HSN.” The result is all daywear ($39-$299) with “a touch of beading, but more comfortable,for entertaining at home.”
FALL INTO THE GAP: The original gap-toothed model Lauren Hutton almost lost her signature smile early on in her career. “Eileen Ford told me she would take me if I fixed my nose and my teeth. I said I would as soon as I got the money. Of course, once I did have enough money I was working so much I didn’t need to,” she said during a Q&A with Joan Juliet Buck at Giorgio Armani’s Madison Avenue store on Friday.
Pleased as she is that Lindsey Wixson, Jessica Hart and others are reviving the look, what really delights Hutton is the hundreds of people who have stopped her in the street over the years to show off their imperfect grins. The actress was not as sunny about how time-consuming her signature makeup business is. Hutton, who used to take six months off each year from modeling to travel, said, “I am placing it in a small corner. I haven’t had two months off in nine years. It’s not how I want to live my life.”
Hutton was candid about other aspects of her life, including a few near-death experiences. “Life is very lush and wet and sexy when you have almost died. That’s how guys get addicted to war reporting and things,” she said. “But I haven’t done that in nine years.” More high-minded men including Plato and Caravaggio would be among the men “she has missed.” As for her friend of 32 years, Armani, she sized up his contribution to Italy with, “I always say he should be a living treasure and shouldn’t have to pay tax.”
As to how fashion has affected her life, the South Carolina native said, “I think fashion affects everyone’s life. And if you don’t think it does, you should clean your mirror. Even the affectation of not liking fashion is in fashion right now.”
EN POINTE: New York City Ballet’s power couple, Darci Kistler and Peter Martins, certainly know the lay of the land at Lincoln Center. With their daughter Talicia in tow, they stopped by Gilles Mendel’s uptown boutique Friday night and raved about the hub’s new fashion front. So who is more temperamental — dancers or designers? Martins points to designers. “It’s too difficult of a life for dancers to be temperamental. It takes too much energy out of you,” he said. Both dancers talked up the tents but Martins curbed his enthusiasm: “It’s very exciting, but you are always 15 minutes late.”
IN THE PICTURE: Victoria Brynner, daughter of the late Oscar-winning actor Yul Brynner, celebrated her dad’s other passion on Saturday night: photography. Fashion folk including Carine Roitfeld, Tonne Goodman, Nadja Swarovski, Aerin Lauder, Ingrid Sischy, Sandra Brant, Lou Doillon and Elisa Sednaoui packed into the Lehmann Maupin Gallery for a party sponsored by Swarovski and celebrating the opening of “YUL, Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey.” Roitfeld picked up an image before scooting out to another event. “I got the Salvadore Dalí one — I am very lucky,” she said. Others on display included shots of Elizabeth Taylor sitting poolside, Audrey Hepburn in a gondola and Frank Sinatra getting out of a helicopter with a glass of whiskey in hand.
“I remember these moments so well,” said Yul’s wife, Doris Brynner, at Indochine later. “We were on the way to Las Vegas and he [Sinatra] just walked in the helicopter with a glass in his hands.”
SEDNAOUI SHOOTS: Four days into fashion week and it’s already clear that Elisa Sednaoui will be one of this season’s Most Visible Players. But she’s meant to be, she said at Thakoon on Sunday, because she’s reporting for New York magazine. “I’m shooting everything — parties, my friends. It’s going to be my personal diary,” said the model, who had rushed over from closing Diane von Furstenberg’s show. “I love to have a reason, something interesting to do during fashion week.”
NOT ONLY IN NEW YORK: Flanked by Will.i.am, Lisa Love and Anjelica Huston, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa initiated Fashion’s Night Out at Beverly Center on Friday with a call to action. “Everybody shop,” he ordered. “I need that city revenue so I can keep that police protection going.” Huston was game. “I adore fashion. I am an avid shopper,” she said. “It’s wonderful to get out there with a good excuse.” After an around 30-minute fashion show, which featured looks from Bebe, True Religion, J. Lindeberg, Max & Co., Ben Sherman, Guess and more, the shopping masses at Beverly Center complied, scurrying to all corners of the mall from Macy’s on one end to Bloomingdale’s on the other. About two miles away, the Beverly Hills city coffers were certainly getting a boost from FNO revelers on Rodeo Drive, where a Ferris wheel, gourmet food trucks and Samuel L. Jackson holding court at Giorgio Armani were among the main attractions.
TRAINA DAY: Having tapped high-profile American socialite-turned-model Vanessa Traina as its latest muse, Maje is the latest French contemporary fashion label looking to crack the U.S. market. Along with its sister brand, Sandro, Maje, which currently has no sales points in the States, is expected to open in several Bloomindale’s doors next spring, along with a flurry of stores, possibly combining the two brands. Overlooking homegrown talent, the brand tapped Traina, daughter of romance novelist Danielle Steel, for its just-released fall campaign. Featuring two visuals lensed by Max Farago in a Parisian apartment, the ad has rolled out in a range of international glossies, including Elle, Vogue and Jalouse. Maje currently counts 156 doors internationally.