ARE THEY OR AREN’T THEY?: Has LVMH bought the former Warner Bros. building at 1 East 57th Street? Despite published reports that a deal is in the works, executives from the luxury conglomerate here and in Paris won’t comment. Speculation is swirling that the 10-story building could house a retail outlet for the recently formed DeBeers-LVMH partnership; although that business will likely be headquartered in London, the property here could become a multicategory store a la Tiffany. But when cornered at the Michael Kors show, LVMH honchos Yves Carcelle and Frederick Wilson were mum.
OSCAR TALK: A day after her best-actress Oscar nomination for her role in “The Contender,” Joan Allen was already shopping for the Big Night, browsing the racks backstage at Michael Kors before his show on Wednesday. But that doesn’t mean that Kors is a shoe-in to dress the star.
“You never can tell,” Allen said. “This is so new to me. I’m not trying to formulate any ideas right now.”
Anne Heche, meanwhile, was at the other end of the runway, looking amazed, having arrived just as a fur protester with fake blood on her hands was being dragged out of the tents. “This is hilarious,” said the actress, who was accompanied by her new boyfriend, cameraman Coleman Laffoon. The duo hadn’t planned on coming to any of the fall shows, until Heche had a wardrobe crisis. “He lost my sweater,” she said, pointing to Laffoon. “So he called the [Kors] boutique to try to replace it, and they said, ‘Hey, we’re having a show. Why not come?’ So we came.”
THE THIRD DEGREE: Judging from the Oscar de la Renta show Tuesday afternoon, it looks as if the third row has become the new status seating area. Barbara Walters, Annette de la Renta and Nancy Kissinger all sat up in the bleachers — protected on all sides and, of course, impenetrable to the press. But who was that strangely familiar face in between Barbara’s and Annette’s? Elizabeth Rohatyn, of course, wife of Felix, the former ambassador to France and newly back in town from Paris.
FASHION FIRST: Following the Cynthia Steffe show Wednesday, John Pomerantz, chairman of the Leslie Fay Co., which acquired Steffe’s business last year, was milling around the tents in Bryant Park. Asked how he liked the show, Pomerantz replied, “I think it was good…it’s the first show I’ve ever been to.” Considering Pomerantz has been seen a lot of firsts in the industry, this reporter was taken aback.
“Well, we used to have them in the showroom for Kasper, but that was before you were born,” he said.
THE PRICE OF SPRING CLEANING: Everything old is bound to come back into style someday, but that typically happens just after closet cleaning. That’s what happened to actress Robin Tunney, who recently starred in “Vertical Limit” and “End of Days.”
“I’m so angry,” she said after Ralph Lauren’s fall presentation, which featured a variety of riding pants and equestrian-inspired sportswear. “I threw out all my jodhpurs six months ago,” she explained. “And I had 11 pairs.”
LOGO-SPECIFIC: Will Eve be shucking her Chanel logos for its avant-garde antithesis Imitation of Christ? The rapper, who stopped by IOC’s show on Tuesday night with her stylist in tow, blended right into the punk crowd with her neon-pink cornrows. “I love their T-shirts,” she raved. She’s still loyal to her main insignia, however. Eve’s next fashion-show appearance will be in the front row at the Chanel show in Paris.