TULEH’S BACK ON: Tuleh designers Josh Patner and Bryan Bradley have found a way to present their fall collection after all, since they’ve been invited by Harry Winston to show in its Fifth Avenue salon on March 29.
The designing duo had to cancel their original show, scheduled for today, in order to finish the production and shipping of their spring collection. Now, in addition to its ready-to-wear collection, Tuleh will also unveil a selection of made-to-order styles for the first time.
“Our made-to-order business is a real pleasure, and Harry Winston is the perfect place to show it to a wider audience,” Patner said.
MODEL AFFAIR: While many of her peers have gone into acting, model Alek Wek has set her sights on breaking into the field of accessories design instead. The IMG walker has quietly been putting together a line of handbags.
“I want to do fashionable bags,” Wek said after Lars Nilsson’s debut for Bill Blass. “I want to make designs that are really usable, in cashmere and leather, but stuff that women will be able to afford. It’s so difficult to have it produced because I’m traveling so much, but I’m going to do it.” Wek’s designs won’t be available until she has a break, but interested parties can get a preview of sorts: She has two pages of handbag sketches in the latest issue of Fidget magazine.
SPECIAL GUEST: Comic Jimmy Fallon showed up for Helmut Lang’s show in West Chelsea on Thursday, invited after becoming a loyal Lang customer. “I’m not the kind of guy that usually gets asked to fashion shows,” Fallon said, “but I wore their stuff to one of the awards shows last year.”
His next project is a small role in the Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg production of “Band of Brothers” for HBO, a 10-part series based on Steven Ambrose’s history of World War II.
“It was the coolest thing ever,” Fallon said. “We filmed it in England on the same set as ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ but I’ve only got a handful of lines. If you blink, you’ll miss me.”
REBA’S WEEK: Country legend Reba McEntire, currently appearing on Broadway in “Annie Get Your Gun,” has been making the fashion show rounds this week, stopping first at Ralph Lauren and checking out Richard Tyler on Thursday. Her favorite look from the latter show was a corsetted black tuxedo, but it may take some effort to make it blend in with the rest of her wardrobe.
“I mostly wear Levi’s,” she said. “Is that considered a designer?” Her next stop is Bob Mackie, scheduled for this morning.
THAT SUI SHOW: Ashton Kutcher, co-star of “That Seventies Show,” was in town this week shooting a cover for Paper magazine with Todd Oldham. Oldham suggested that he check out Anna Sui’s fashion show Wednesday evening, said the actor, because it would be fun. But it was also a chance to gain important insights into the female psyche.
“I know that every girl I talk to loves Anna Sui, and it’s good for a guy to know what to get for a girl,” said Kutcher.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, Zoe Cassavetes, who directed the film shown during Sui’s show, and Francis Ford Coppola were also in Sui’s front row. “I’m a fan of Anna Sui’s work and she’s a fan of mine, so we support one another,” said Wainwright, who did a turn on the runway for Sui last year. So how does walking in a show compare to wearing the clothing?
“I’m only used to being the gorgeous model type, not the rich buyer,” he said, laughing.
UN-HOOKT: Even hipness can’t help an e-tail site in trouble. Hookt.com, the hip-hop e-commerce and content site whose affiliates include SlimShadyWorld.com and PuffDaddy.com, laid off close to half its workforce in the wake of last month’s merger with former rival site Platform.net, reducing the core staff to 26 from 47 employees. “We had a board meeting on Monday, and based on business results, we feel confident about reaching profitability, providing we bite the bullet,” said Chas Walker, chief strategic officer for Hookt. A depressed Walker added: “You feel like you’re elevating the company in the long run by making these kind of decisions, but at the same time you leave a piece of yourself by the side of the road.” Hookt’s universe includes its own Web site, plus SayShe.com and hosted sites such as Badboyonline.com and Onthesneaktip.com.
LAW, BUT NO (CLOTHING) ORDER: It’s been eight years since Angie Harmon, sitting next to stylist Jessica Pastor at the Jill Stuart show, began wearing the designer’s suits. This time around, Harmon — who’s in hot competition with Tori Spelling for Fashion Week’s Best Attendance Medal — wore a brown tweed coat and suede skirt to her fourth and last show of the week, which has also included visits to Luca Luca, Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta. Unfortunately, Abigail Carmichael, her “Law & Order” character won’t be wearing Stuart anytime soon: “It’s a little too hip for an assistant district attorney,” Harmon admitted. But real life is another story; once “L&O” production ends in July, Harmon’s off on her honeymoon — and she’s planning on packing some Stuart into her vacation bags.
SEEING STARS: Paris Hilton must really love Catherine Malandrino. Earlier this week, Hilton said that if she liked a designer’s clothes, she’d walk the runway for them. And Wednesday night she did so for Malandrino in a star-print black-and-white dress.