FAMILY AFFAIR: If you thought that Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg made a surprising family, consider the front-row attendees at Calvin Klein on Friday night.
Dustin Hoffman introduced a reporter to his wife, Lisa, seated to his right, and then, gesturing to his left, added, “This is my daughter, Fran Lebowitz.”
Never short of a quip, Lebowitz shot back, “It was by his first marriage.”
Hoffman responded, “Yes, to Annie Leibovitz.”
THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Hilary Swank hasn’t yet made a choice of what to wear as a presenter at the Academy Awards this year, but she’s been shopping and has attended shows by Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. “It’s been really great,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. I would say that you should wear what makes you feel most confident. For me, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I feel like being classical or whimsical, and sometimes I feel like being sophisticated.
“When I went to Marc Jacobs, I felt light and whimsical, and tonight I feel classy,” she continued. “There’s something about Calvin that makes a woman feel like a lady.”
She was sitting between her husband, Chad Lowe, and Melissa Etheridge, who seemed to agree with that sentiment. “I’m a fashion virgin,” said Etheridge, who had been giggling with the actress. “I’ve never been to a show, but I figured this was a good way to get started. The only Calvin Klein I have so far is underwear.”
FLOOR SHOW: Schedules tend to get squeezed during fashion week, so it isn’t surprising that Miguel Adrover and Saks Fifth Avenue ceo Christina Johnson — two-thirds of the names on the invitation to a Saks cocktail party on Thursday night — were MIA for the first half of the event. “I’m here,” said the third name on the invitation, New York Times Magazine style editor Amy Spindler. So were a half-dozen camera crews and as many photographers, all of whom swarmed Adrover, clad in a floor-length light-blue djellaba and a tailored jacket, when he finally stepped off the elevator.
“Sorry, I’m a little freaked out,” he said, as he tried to simultaneously get a glass of water, pose for pictures and say hello to the various Saks executives who had gathered, including Joseph Boitano, Saks’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and executive vice president Gail Pisano. Johnson, stuck in a lengthy corporate meeting, showed up shortly after Adrover.
This is the designer’s second season at Saks, but his first in the flagship, said Boitano; last season, the line was tested at the store’s San Francisco door, “which has an amazing clientele, and it did very well.” In fact, although Adrover is often portrayed as an avant-garde designer, some say he’s got a much broader appeal. “I think there’s a misperception about Miguel, which is that he’s very one-directional,” explained Gary Nelson, executive vice president of his firm. “In his mind, he’s designing for all women.”
NOT BOOOORING: In the spectacle that is Bob Mackie, glamour extends beyond the runway at his shows, as it did on Friday when “Laugh-In” alum JoAnne Worley was at one end of the catwalk and soap-opera diva Linda Dano at the other.
“He is so theatrical and romantic,” said Worley. “I love his sense of humor, and I want every one of those accessories. The only thing I don’t think I would wear was that last one,” she added, referring to Mackie’s showstopper — a jeweled tulle gown that looked like a long strand of jewelry wrapped around the model’s body. Then she reconsidered.
“It’s fabulous!” she boomed. “I can see anybody wearing it anywhere!”
DANCE IN HIS PANTS: Designer Jean Paul Knott isn’t just staging his first formal runway show in Paris this season. In addition to unveiling his contributions to the Krizia and Krizia Top collections in Milan since taking over from Alber Elbaz, he has also signed on to costume a ballet for Bejart Ballet Lausanne planned for June 19.
The new production, called “Lumiere,” is the story of the brothers who invented the moving picture. Knott is designing more than 300 costumes for the event. “For me, Bejart is the choreographer of the 20th century,” he said. “He really pushed ballet to go far, far, far — which is how I hope to see fashion, as well.”