WHAT’S THE SCOOP

CYNDI SHOPPER: Eighties icon Cyndi Lauper wants to look like an au courant Nineties woman when she hits the road with Tina Turner later this year. So she’s browsing for a new wardrobe at a few shows here: Versus, Spooky, Todd Oldham and Anna Sui. “I’ve seen some bits and pieces that I like,” said Lauper. “Of course, I don’t look like a model, so I have to pick and choose.”
TILLY’S TONGUE TWISTER: Across town at the Waldorf-Astoria, actress Jennifer Tilly held court Wednesday at Cosmetic Executive Women’s third annual Beauty Awards. After a charming opening spiel about stealing lipsticks from makeup artists on shoots and movie sets, Tilly began announcing the product finalists and the different classes of trade in which they’re sold. “I’m sorry, I didn’t get a chance to rehearse,” she apologized to the packed house after stumbling a bit. “If you say ‘mass distribution’ too quickly it starts to sound like something else. Try it.”
TWO TECHIES: As New York’s fashion week swirled around them, Italian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were in an anti-fashion establishment mood. The two decided that D&G, which last showed in New York for its spring/summer ’97 collection, is better suited to cyberspace than the runway. “The new way for D&G is to stop the fashion show,” Gabbana said. “If you want to buy D&G, you access it though the Internet. The shows are good for the press, but not for the customer. We want to communicate with a younger customer.” D&G’s Web site explains the designers’ inspiration that season, shows models wearing the clothes and gives delivery dates. “We want to spend the money — $900,000 — we used for the show on advertising, like bus shelters and commercials on MTV,” said Dolce. “Besides, presenting in the showroom is very practical.”
NOSING IN: Is Michael Kors sniffing out a fragrance deal? Aerin Lauder Zinterhoffer, Estee Lauder’s director of creative product development, was front row at the designer’s show Wednesday.

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