SCHOOL DAZE: At the Erin Fetherston show Friday evening, Anne Hathaway added some star wattage to an otherwise straightforward front row. And the actress handled the paparazzi flurry like a pro (after all, she was in “The Devil Wears Prada”). “Ok, now we do this,” she said, gamely removing her coat and posing for the barrage of flashbulbs as boyfriend Rafael Follieri looked on. Despite the poise (and lots of practice as part of Valentino’s party posse last summer), the actress admitted she still wasn’t accustomed to all the attention.
“There’s something about this that always transports me back to the seventh grade,” laughed Hathaway, who has met Fetherston a few times. “And it’s silly because there shouldn’t be any pressure. But it’s always like, ‘Are my hair and makeup right?’”
A few sections down, model Irina Lazareanu was taking a break from the catwalk-and suffering from a guilt complex. “I feel really lazy watching a show and not working in it,” she admitted.
ROCK ON: The writers’ strike has, as expected, freed up some TV stars’ time-and perhaps their inhibitions, too. Spotted at the Elise Overland presentation at Milk Studios Friday night was Taylor Momsen of “Gossip Girl” sporting a new chopped ‘do. With her straight blond locks shorn to shoulder length, Momsen sported Overland’s gold leather strapless mini dress and a black shag fur jacket, looking every inch the rock star as she rode the elevator up to the penthouse. What will her sweet schoolgirl TV alter ego Jenny do when shooting returns? “I may have to wear extensions,” shrugged Momsen. Look for her at the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation Tuesday evening where, word is, she’ll have ditched the rock ‘n’ roll edge.
DEAD BATS IN A SHOEBOX: In Adidas’ first of many events during Fashion Week, the active giant certainly turned on the weird to “Celebrate Originality.” In a giant Adidas “shoebox” hidden on Broome Street between Essex and Ludlow, dozens of downtown kids found an unexpected museum Friday night, filled with strange items like a hair wreath, a dead bat and a sculpture made of acrylic fingernails. Curators Justin Theroux and Douglas Little were on hand to explain the little house of oddities: the artists’ self-described “bizarre collection” of their own and friends’ artwork and simply “stuff.” In 72 hours, the duo added walls, moldings, tin ceilings, stretched fabric wall coverings and, of course, all the art, to transform the shoebox into a museum that resembled a small house. “We knew the space would be very modern, with the exterior being very German and contemporary, and we wanted to eliminate that as soon as you walked through the door,” explained Theroux. One room paid homage to Theroux’ recently passed dog Pooma (pronounced “Puma,” ironic given the event’s sponsor), complete with its cremated ashes on a pillow. Outside the shoebox, Amy Sedaris sold her famous cupcakes for $3 — not the reported 5 cents (perhaps the writers’ strike is taking its toll). The museum is open to the public through Feb. 9.