NEW YORK SCOOPS
BODY CHECK: The big, bruising bodyguard shoving floodlit peons has become just another fashion show hazard. But Lisa Marie Presley, of the ultrafamous father and ultraweird ex-husband, is taking a particularly heavy-handed approach. In fact, one of her many security forces put a very strong arm on none other than Anna Wintour at the conclusion of Tuesday’s Marc Jacobs show, grabbing the Vogue editor’s arm and shoving her. Just as the show ended, Wintour had made her move to beat the rush backstage, when Lisa Marie’s beefy protector pounced, causing Andre Leon Talley to jump to Wintour’s rescue. Wintour declined to comment, but a Vogue spokesman said: “[The bodyguard] pushed her and she pushed him back. She then proceeded backstage to congratulate Marc Jacobs.”
THE CLINTON CONNECTION: Jacobs almost made big news on another front Tuesday: The show’s program notes thanked various supporters and helpers, among them, one Chelsea Clinton. Has the First Child gone fashion? No. Jacobs’s president Robert Duffy said it was a goof. “We always get calls asking about the people in the program and this year we thought we’d do something funny. It was just a joke….And they’ve been calling all day.”
COURTING RITUAL?: Is Vera Wang in play? After nine years making a name in the bridal business, Tuesday’s marketplace rumors suggested that Wang might be in talks with another company, possibly even the growth-minded Ralph Lauren. “Not true,” refuted Chet Hazzard, president of Vera Wang. “Our agenda is not to sell the company,” he said. Lauren officials also quickly dismissed the rumor as bogus.
Wang’s Hazzard did add, however, “The company is open to business partnerships in areas where we don’t have expertise, such as ready-to-wear and accessories.” He added that any company Vera Wang would work with would have to have a global presence, even though the company “hasn’t yet tapped its full potential here in the U.S.” With companies doing the hustle on mergers and acquisitions, who does he see as a good role model? Prada’s Patrizio Bertelli, with his Helmut Lang and Jil Sander deals.
DOING DENIM: Fashion week has a serious case of denim fever — and Anna Sui is no exception. Along with a new partner — Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Silver Jeans — she plans to launch Anna Sui Jeans for spring 2000. Expect “tons” of denim looks at her show tonight. “If I had my way, I’d do jeans with every outfit,” Sui said, herself wearing a dark jeans jacket over a white eyelet top at the Marc Jacobs show. Silver president Michael Silver said his company will simply manufacture Sui’s jeans, but he said, “Hopefully, it’ll lead to a licensing deal.”
SECRET SOCIETY: Here’s the only detail coming out about the big bash being thrown by Brits-about-town Alexander McQueen and Ghost’s Tanya Sarne after their shows on Thursday: It’s being held somewhere in the West Village, it’s not going to be that big — with only 200 invitees — and it’s not going to be easy to get in.
Invites will be handed out at the designers’ respective shows in the form of a cardboard star that will reveal the party’s location. Among the confirmed attendees thus far, according to one of the planners, are Angela Lindvall, Anna Sui, China Chow, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte, Samantha and Marc Ronson, Donovan Leitch, Giselle, Ione Skye, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Kidada Jones, Peggy Lipton, Kelly Klein, Kirsty Hume, Maggie Rizer, Marc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell, Sandra Bernhard, Tatiana von Furstenberg, Tara Subkoff and Vincent Gallo.
TIPPER’S TAKE: Tipper Gore made it to New York Tuesday, but she didn’t have time for any fashion shows. Her daughter, Karenna Gore Schiff, was the guest speaker at a New Woman luncheon at the Waldorf. Dressed in a sky-blue Ralph Lauren outfit, Schiff said she’s gearing up for the upcoming Presidential election. “I’m going to get pretty involved. I just care passionately about my dad and the issues involved in the next election. There’s a lot at stake,” said Schiff, “particularly women’s issues.”
Meanwhile, Tipper told WWD she’s a big fan of the fashion industry. “I support the industry. It’s one of the greatest assets we have in America.”
ON OPRAH: If you didn’t make it to Times Square Monday night, Oprah Winfrey is providing another opportunity to view the Milennium gowns. On her show today, she’ll feature the “Top Designers Millennium Fashion Show.” Jerry Hall will emcee the fashion segment, highlighting 40 outfits, including those by Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Norma Kamali. Viewers will be allowed to participate in a Nov. 3 auction for the dresses through Mayor Guilani’s office, which benefits New York City schools.
Linda Allard, another guest on the program, will talk about Ellen Tracy’s 50th anniversary.
TIFFANY LIGHTS: If you notice a blue tint hovering over the skyline tonight, not to worry. It’s no precursor to the millennium. Rather, it’s in celebration of Tiffany’s latest introduction, Lucida, a new diamond collection. The company will fete Lucida 56 stories up, at the Sky Club, where Christy Turlington will model the jewels and a laser light show in Tiffany blue designed by Edwin Schlossberg will be visible from 46th Street to 59th Street.