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TWIN SETS: Sitting pretty in a black Michael Kors shift dress, Maria Sharapova graced the designer’s front row on Sunday afternoon. “I wanted to support him because he has always supported me in tennis,” she said after setting off a blast of flashbulbs, as did Jessica Simpson when she walked in. While Sharapova didn’t win this year’s U.S. Open, she did stand out with her glammed up tennis gear. “My outfits on the court are drawn from all sorts of inspirations,” she said. “From different runway shows, places I visit – every piece I wear is a collaboration between my personal sense of style and Nike’s.”
Further down the row sat Bette Midler, who is looking forward to her upcoming string of Las Vegas performances. “It’s going to be fabulous and fantastic,” she vowed.
Meanwhile, it appeared Mario Testino and Hal Rubenstein just may be the new Captain and Tenille. Once Olivia Newton-John’s “Xanadu” came over the sound system, the two, seated on separate runways, both broke into song, bobbing their heads in time to the music and singing every lyric.
But did the designer himself style his chief executive, John Idol, and co-owner, Lawrence Stroll? The two men were dressed identically in a navy suit, white French cuff shirt (although Idol had one more button buttoned than Stroll), black Belgian loafers without socks, large-faced wristwatch – even down to the three peaks on their white pocket squares. “Great minds think alike,” Kors explained.
PEANUTS GALLERY: The Peanuts gang has been inspiring people for 57 years, so it’s not so surprising fashion designers and celebrities had no problem whipping up ensembles based on the beloved characters for the MetLife Snoopy in Fashion show. Celebrities acting as fashion designers for the day included Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, “Design Star’s” David Bromstad (who strutted his design – The Flying Ace), and “Food Network’s” Ingrid Hoffman. Models, including teen pop star JoJo (in Sally by Chenoweth) and “America’s Next Top Model” winner CariDee (in Lucy by Liz Claiborne), giddily stomped down the runway to classic Peanuts tunes against a screen running clips from the comic strip and animated specials. With a bit of whimsy and sometimes sex appeal, the creations at times seemed wearable, an added bonus for people bidding on the designs on eBay starting Oct. 1. Proceeds from the online auction will benefit Dress for Success, an organization that Charles Schulz’s widow, Jeannie, says “Gives hope.” And just who is her favorite Peanuts character? “I don’t have just one, but I identify with Sally because I used to call Sparky [Charles Schulz’s nickname] Sweet Baboo, that’s what Sally calls Linus.” The show wouldn’t have been complete without Snoopy dancing down the runway before the final Heatherette look came out – a wedding dress embellished with mini Snoopy stuffed toys. Although Snoopy was the design duo’s subject, Richie Rich’s favorite Peanuts character is actually Peppermint Patty. “She’s edgy, cool and doesn’t like fashion,” he said.