AS THE COOKIE CRUMBLES: A little bit of Chinese philosophy via Seventh Avenue was served up at the shows this week. Fortune cookies distributed by Allure magazine carried such observations as:
“Those who wear sunglasses indoors may trip and fall.”
“If you’re sitting next to Amy Spindler, copy her notes.”
“Confucius say those in front row aren’t always top drawer.”
“The scale in your gym is off by five pounds.”
“You’re wearing different color shoes.”
“In your next life you’ll come back as Calvin Klein’s trainer.”
“Put your faith in a higher Prada.”
Some cookies had real prizes, including a facial at the Janet Sartin Institute, a relaxation day at the Peninsula Spa and a haircut at Frederic Fekkai.
NOSTALGIA NIGHT: Sweaty couples making out on banquettes. Double-parked limos. Packs of photographers pursuing sullen celebrities. Models smoking and drinking champagne. It was all too Halston for words, as the fashion flock hit the party trail Wednesday night — right after the 8:30 p.m. Halston show.
First stop for most was Visionaire’s Diamond party at “21,” where drag queens, photographers and models emptied magnums of champagne with Halston satellites like Stephen Sprouse, Kelly Klein and Iman as well as Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Rowley and crabby Leonardo DiCaprio while classic disco tunes blasted.
Next on the agenda was the Absolut vodka party, held in a giant white tent attached to the Cotton Club on 125th Street. The party, celebrating the Gianni Versace-Herb Ritts Absolut ads, drew two of the three Miller sisters — Marie-Chantal and Pia — as well as Donatella Versace, Michael Douglas, Kevyn Aucoin and more models.
While some partygoers hung out in the chilly, ice-block-decorated tent, the heat was on inside the club, where couples clinched on the banquettes in true Eighties style and guests ordered up Cosmopolitans by the shakerful.
A few stalwarts stayed on the dance floor until 3:30, but others headed back downtown to Morgans, where the actual Halston after-party was held. As Helena Christensen and others packed into the tiny lounge lunged at waitresses to get drinks, Randolph Duke and his crew sat in the back of the room watching a video of the Halston show they’d just put on.
SMOOTH TO THE LAST DROP: R&B recording artist Maxwell was “blown away” when his hit single, “Sumpthin Sumpthin” started Ralph Lauren’s runway show Wednesday morning. “I had heard that some of the people over there liked some of what I’ve done, but I had no idea they were going to open the show with it,” said the singer at John Bartlett’s show. Maxwell, who is getting ready to go on tour this summer, said he’s in town to do some recording and is going to fashion shows for the fun of it.

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