John Galliano lived up to his wild man reputation at the British Fashion Awards in London on Tuesday night. The designer, who won his third Designer of the Year Award and second in succession, stormed the runway with a 15-minute show that included a model ripping pages from a Bible and Veronica Webb screaming such messages into a microphone as “John Major: Up your bum!” The audience looked on in embarrassment as Galliano — in a tie-dyed top and floral pants — accepted the honor and then whooped loudly backstage as Michael Heseltine, president of Britain’s Board of Trade, tried his best to plug the government’s support for fashion. Afterward, Galliano told friends that he calmed his nerves before the show by quaffing champagne.
How appropriate. The semi-annual Ghost post-fashion show party this year falls for the first time on Halloween night. In honor of the occasion, Showroom Seven is keeping the locale of the A-list bash a secret, revealing only that it will take place in an unlikely spot, somewhere in downtown Manhattan. Four hundred fashionable trick or treaters will be messengered their invites, which can’t be duplicated. The deejay will be, appropriately, from London: Massive Attack’s Jeremy Healy.
Uma Thurman, just out of her relationship with Timothy Hutton, is going on a month’s retreat to India, but she’ll be going in style. She stopped off at Diego Delle Valle’s boutique on New York’s 57th Street and picked out five pairs of J.P. Tod’s boots for the excursion.
For her spring collection, Nicole Miller is going “clean, modern, fresh and hot.” So she’s decided to populate the runway with what she calls “the new breed of hot young actresses” for her show on Monday evening. Strolling the catwalk will be Minnie Driver of “Circle of Friends,” Maxine Bahns of “The Brothers McMullen,” Rachel York of Broadway’s “Victor/Victoria,” Jill Hennessy of “Law and Order,” Katherine Heigl of “Under Siege,” Gretchen Mol of the upcoming Spike Lee movie “Girl 6,” Rebecca Gayheart of “Beverly Hills 90210,” and Gina Gershon of “Showgirls,” who will actually be clothed.