NEW YORK SCOOP

ROWDY ROWLEY: Cynthia Rowley has tapped into one of New York’s legendary hunk resources for her Sunday show — she’s got nine New York City firemen to walk down the runway in her men’s wear.
Rowley, whose father, brother and fiance have walked her catwalk in past shows, said selecting the lucky few was “extremely difficult. I had to interview each and every one personally. In Speedos.”
“Really, I have no intention of doing men’s wear,” said Rowley. “This is just a flimsy excuse to look at cute men. Next season, I’m thinking of UPS men, or lifeguards.”
In other news, Rowley was bumped from the David Letterman show last night because the talk show’s set is being redesigned. She’s been rescheduled for June 3.

BENNETT SAYS BASTA: Russell Bennett has stopped production on his own collection. He shipped his last line to the stores this spring.
With the backing of The Maklihon Group, a private-label manufacturer here, Bennett launched the collection for spring 1994, and a secondary line, More Dash Than Cash, a year later.
Bennett plans to spend more time in Italy, where he’s been working as a design consultant at Moschino. He said he is searching for an Italian manufacturer to back his own line.
Maklihon owns the More Dash Than Cash line, and has hired two designers, Luca Mosca and Marco Cattoretti, to continue it, starting with the spring 1997 season. Maklihon will also back the duo in producing their own line, Luca + Marco, also set for spring 1997.

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