LEG MAN: Zac Posen had fashion followers in a tizzy when he sent models down the runway last February wearing Wolford knit tights with openwork Swarovski crystal appliqués of his own design. Due to popular demand, Wolford has collaborated with the designer to produce the tights. Dubbed Imperial Legs, the tony tights come in either black or gray and are enclosed in an oval-shaped box designed by Posen. Photographer Sante D’Orazio shot Posen posse member and actress Paz de la Huerta in a striking pose to coincide with the legwear launch. A limited run of 99 pairs will be available, for a mere $500 each, at Wolford boutiques worldwide and Bergdorf Goodman starting in September.
HOLDING COURT: The tennis events just kept coming last week, leaving many to wonder how the players had any time to practice for the U.S. Open, which kicked off Monday. On Friday night, female players such as Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Mary Pierce and the Williams sisters, along with other assorted glitterati, descended on New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion for the second annual Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and Tennis Channel “Glam Slam” event. Among the celebs who came out were actors Taye Diggs and Anthony Rapp, both of whom are starring in the upcoming film “Rent,” based on the Broadway musical, as well as Emily Mortimer, who is featured in Woody Allen’s new tennis flick, “Match Point”; singer Brandy Norwood, aka Moeshe, and the Gastineau girls. Prior to the event, some players prepped for the bash at the Parker Meridien with the help of Stila Cosmetics, Bill Blass and Kwiat, and in a nod to the Open’s new blue courts, the traditional red carpet was replaced with one in a bold blue hue. Participants at the pre-party also walked away with a goodie bag containing $2,000 worth of freebies.
DOG WALK: Maybe it’s his recent deal with The Estée Lauder Cos. or nostalgia for fashion weeks gone by, but Tom Ford appears to be spending more time in New York these days. And just how does he pass a muggy August day in the Big Apple? By walking his adorable Jack Russell terrier around town just a few blocks from Madison Avenue’s Gucci boutique, as he did early Tuesday morning. Even walking the dog, though, Ford remained Ford — he was decked out in a sleek, dark suit, white shirt unbuttoned to you-know-where and aviator shades, with his trademark five o’clock shadow scruff in all its full glory.