FASHION SCOOPS

PAINTING THE TOWN: The shows are still going on, but Stephane Marais’ bash at Castel late Tuesday night felt like an official Paris Fashion Week send-off. A bevy of beauties, from An Oost to Devon Aoki, blew off steam on the dance floor, while designers chilled and got better acquainted. Among the guests were Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Linda Evangelista, Viktor Horsting, Rolf Snoeren and Olivier Theyskens. The party was to celebrate Marais’ new Paris store and color cosmetics line, which features metallic tubes and Plexiglas-wanded brushes. “The idea is to get a smile on your face when you go into the store,” Marais said above the din. “What’s important is that I still love what I am doing, and I want to share that.”

ALL FASHION, ALL THE TIME: Is Metro TV thinking about relaunching as a nonstop fashion station? According to sources, executives at the station want “Full Frontal Fashion” 24/7. “‘Full Frontal’ has been incredibly successful for Metro TV,” said a spokesman. “Beyond that, I don’t have any answer as to the future of the channel’s programming.”
The decision would be timely, however. A “Full Frontal Fashion” special on the irrepressible Andre Leon Talley has just been nominated for a New York Emmy in the category of “Entertainment Programming, Single Program or Special.” To quote a Vogue spokesman: “It’s Andre Leon Talley going about the myriad business of being Andre.” The special includes a “Q&A” with Tom Ford, an interview with Vera Wang, and of course, a healthy dose of Andre’s signature Vreeland-isms. The awards take place on April 21 at Chelsea Piers in New York.

ANIMAL CRUELTY?: Animal Fair, a quarterly magazine for pet lovers, put together a celebrity fashion show Tuesday night with dogs and their celebrity owners dressed in matching designer duds. The show organizers had about two dozen show participants lined up backstage at Exit, all made up and ready to go. It was a cute idea, but for one problem — they all had to wait through an introductory performance by a troupe of eight belly dancers, a chanting monkish fellow, three topless men with dog masks and a shrouded figure dancing with a tray of candles on its head that seemingly had no connection to the event whatsoever, unless it was being secretly underwritten by the country of Morocco. “We were just waiting,” said singer Willa Ford, who was trapped in a stairwell with Lil’ Kim, Marc Bouwer and Anand Jon. “We waited. We waited holding dogs. And we waited some more.” It was only supposed to last 10 minutes, said Animal Fair’s founder Wendy Diamond, but after half an hour, the dancers were in the dog house.

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