REPUBLICAN RETREAT: Bryant Park is now officially safe for fashion designers and Democrats. A proposal to hold a Congressional luncheon in the park at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in September had thrown designers for a loop when they realized it would curtail prep time for the installation of the 7th on Sixth tents — to the point where the venue would be infeasible for the Sept. 8-15 Olympus Fashion Week.
But according to Fern Mallis, executive director of 7th on Sixth, the city has intervened. “The tents are going up as scheduled,” she said Wednesday after meeting with city officials, who were able to persuade the Republican group to find another location for its luncheon.
PAJAMA PARTY: Calvin Klein’s head of visual display, Dale Rozmiarek, has been scouring the city for an unusual array of beds, chaises and boudoir tables for the launch party for the latest offerings from Calvin Klein Underwear on Friday night, which is being hosted by campaign models Hilary Swank and Freddie Ljungberg. Five women and at least a dozen male models have reportedly been booked to lounge provocatively in their briefs during the event, although Swank and Ljungberg are expected to keep their clothes on. Although Ljungberg’s campaign broke several months ago, the first images of Swank in Calvin Klein’s new Sensual Support collection, shot by Steven Meisel, are expected to be unveiled at the party.
ALL THE NEWS: Neil Kraft, president of KraftWorks, the New York ad agency, and photographer Peter Lindbergh were riding downtown Tuesday to the Meatpacking District to do a shoot for Wonderbra when Kraft read that day’s article in The New York Times about Harper’s Bazaar. In it, Sam Shahid, owner of ad agency Shahid & Co., was quoted as saying that he wasn’t buying advertising in Harper’s Bazaar for his clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Wonderbra. At first, Kraft was taken aback (he was on his way to his client Wonderbra’s fashion shoot, after all), but then he and Lindbergh laughed it off when, further down, the article referred to Lindbergh as the “Swedish-born fashion star.” He was actually born in Germany. So much for truth in advertising.