NEW YORK SCOOP
EYEING ELLEN?: Every time Ellen Tracy puts on a runway show, the rumors seem to start up again that the company’s about to be sold. But chairman Herb Gallen denied the latest round just before Thursday morning’s show — despite the presence of several Financo Inc. executives in the audience.
“It is absolutely not true,” said Gallen of the newest rumors. “I don’t want to go through that again.”
Earlier this year, when a deal with Bain Capital — brokered by Financo — was called off at the last minute, Gallen, 80, said he planned to stay at the helm of the company “for the next 50 years.”
LORDS OF THE RUNWAY: The march of the rehabilitated continues. We’ve already seen Mike Tyson, Lisa Marie Presley and Woody Allen on the fashion circuit this week, and Thursday was Tracy Lords’s day. The actress, singer, model and former porn star was front-row at Richard Tyler, after taking her own turn down the runway at friend Janet Howard’s show. Lords said she hoped to take in a few more shows while she’s here, such as Girls Rule, “because their clothes are young and fun.” After that, she’s heading home to finish her second album — “Fallen Angel.”
QUID PRO QUO: New York Magazine’s fashion director Jade Hobson Charnin and associate editor Elizabeth Shepherd didn’t make it to Todd Oldham’s show at the Puck Building last night for a good reason: They weren’t invited. When Charnin called to give Oldham and partner Tony Longoria hell, she was politely told that since the magazine hadn’t featured any of Todd’s designs the last two seasons — and the show happened to be at a smaller venue this time around — New York simply didn’t make the seating cut.