FAR, FARHI AWAY: Nicole Farhi’s experiment of delivering her first live, trans-Atlantic broadcast of her London fashion show on Tuesday proved two things: First, no matter what time a show is scheduled — the live broadcast was to begin at 9:30 a.m. “prompt” at the designer’s East 60th Street store in Manhattan following a traditional English breakfast — it’s still bound to come off really late, almost an hour in this case. Second, fashion shows, even if they’re being shown on a movie screen, can draw a celebrity audience, as Alan Cumming turned up to host the event. “I’ve just been told it will be another 20 minutes,” he told the assorted guests, seated in the in-store restaurant, Nicole’s. “So, eat, eat, eat! Get jacked up on coffee.” Alas, “English breakfast” apparently means a handful of scones and berries.
“I like Nicole’s holistic approach to fashion,” Cumming said. “It’s more than about the clothes. It’s about scones. You may never again need to leave New York, which I’m sure your editors and publishers will be very excited about.”
MILANO MODA MADNESS: The traffic situation during Milan fashion week is already more tangled than a bad weave, but for the spring shows, which open this weekend, anticipate even worse. Managers at the Milan Convention center, where the majority of fashion shows are held, have gone and organized yet another trade event. The international computer, electronics and gadgets show, SMAU, runs Oct. 2-6. With some 450,000 visitors annually, SMAU should stand for So Many Angry Unhappy fashionistas. “We’re against this scheduling tactic — it’s bad for everyone involved,” says Mario Boselli, president of Italy’s Camera Nazionale di Moda. “The dates for the shows were set way in advance; it’s a problem the convention center has created.” Meanwhile, the show calendar itself is ripe for traffic stress. Usually, the shows run Friday through Tuesday, creating little overlap with the workweek. This season, although some shows are on Saturday and Sunday, the majority of the presentations run from Tuesday through Friday. If it rains, as it so often does, expect the perfect traffic storm.
DELIVERY NOTICE: Last week, Vogue’s market director, Virginia Smith, worked late into the night covering fashion shows while wearing stilettos. This week, she’s a mom. A spokesman for the magazine said on Tuesday that Smith and her husband, Perry Ellis women’s designer Patrick Robinson, welcomed their first son, Wyeth Fulbright Robinson, on Monday night. All three are doing fine.