FASHION POLICE: Dressed in blue boat shoes, jeans, a turtleneck and a fleece vest, Joan Rivers wasn’t exactly showing off her camera-ready image as she crossed the red-carpeted finish line with Blaine Trump at Sunday’s God’s Love Race to Deliver in Central Park. But she took it in stride, laughing good-naturedly when approached by a reporter. After all, it was a charity run and they raked in $1 million. But that didn’t stop Rivers from sampling a little fashion. “Joan, did you see this?” asked Trump, gesturing toward a participant in an emerald evening coat, sequined cocktail dress and a blonde Marge Simpson ’do.
Rivers opted for an orange Versace jacket to greet some of the 10,000 race goers who log-jammed the start by stopping to shake her hand. Tyson Beckford was another crowd-pleaser, even though some fans mistakenly cheered for Mike Tyson. Dressed in a fake-fur bolero, Kacy Duke, Equinox’s celebrity fitness trainer, led the crowd in a warm-up. “I dressed for the occasion,” she shouted into the microphone. The make of her diva-ish number was aptly branded Know Style.
ASPREY’S BOOKWORMS: Construction continues at Asprey’s 20,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue flagship, but a select few got a glimpse of the luxury goods temple that is expected to open softly next week. On Thursday, Asprey launched the Asprey Rare Readings series, and guests got to see the completed third floor merchandised with Hussein Chalayan-designed ready-to-wear and a selection of leather goods.
“What a great space it is,” said Salman Rushdie, the series’ inaugural reader, who had recited passages from Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” that morning. “I just heard it was designed by my friend, Lord Norman Foster. I have to send him a well-done note. He doesn’t get many of them.”
The event was held in conjunction with The Condé Nast Media Group (owned by Advance Publications, parent of WWD) and the PEN American Center, an association of literary writers and editors.
“These people are our partners, friends and clients,” said Philip Warner, president of Asprey North America, retail, on why the company chose to hold the event at the as-yet-to-be-completed store. “It’s been a three-year project, and the culmination is happening over the next few days. We felt it was appropriate to have them also participate in the finishing of the project.”
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS: Things could get up close and personal next week at Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual holiday press luncheon now that Barbara Walters is on board. Bashful guests can hope they wind up at one of the tables hosted by designers Michael Kors, Ralph Rucci, Behnaz Sarafpour, Mark Badgley, James Mischka or John Varvatos. Then again, Star Jones and Joy Behar might eclipse them anyway.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: Friendly advice is all-too-often too frequent and free, but expert advice is coming to book stores next fall. Talent manager Samantha Ettus has rounded up a healthy number of style-conscious bold names for her new book, “The Experts Guide to Life” (Random House). Cynthia Rowley advises how to match your clothing, Nicole Miller explains how to wear a scarf, Katie Ford suggests how to smile for the camera, Frédéric Fekkai spells out how to wash your hair and Nan Kempner offers tips about being a gracious host.