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All sunshine at Heatherette

September 11th, 2007

the runway

It was raining outside, but inside Gotham Hall it was all blue skies for the
staging of Heatherette’s Spring/Summer 2008 fashion show.

Had an awesome lunch at The Modern today, but I’ll serve up details later. Hard to think about food and fashion at the same time, especially after putting my hand on my hip one day while waiting around back stage at the Temperley London show and finding my usual roll of fat gone from all the walking I’ve been doing. Makes me want to stop eating and keep walking.

With about an hour to kill before making it over to the Heatherette show in Gotham Hall, I stopped by the New York Public Library where there was a memorial service for Brooke Astor taking place in the Celeste Bartos Forum. I hung around the entrance for a short time, long enough to see Barbara Walters walk in.

But I wanted to see the library, so headed upstairs where I got onto a computer and started doing a genealogical search for members of my family, then started looking up subjects like the Chinatown fire and bubonic plague in Hawaii. I got so wrapped up in the stories that when I looked up at the clock it was 5:30 p.m. and I was supposed to be at the Heatherette show at 5. I was a little freaked out by having to make it seven blocks from the library to 36th St. and Sixth Ave.


Spotted in the crowd: Some people will wear (or not wear) anything.

When I got there it was a crazy scene with people trying to get in the front and a line stretching a block and a half. I had the bf in tow and he said, “You expect me to get into that?” I was a little worried myself. It’s not easy getting into places and security is hardened and unwilling to hear your story, because there are so many people who will lie or play up any angle to try to get in.

Luckily I did have permission to go back stage and there were fewer people waiting to get in at the back entrance. Later, I heard Heatherette’s show was the worst to get into because there’s always massive confusion at the door. I was lucky to breeze in, although with the show about to start, I could no longer go backstage.

People were already in my seat, but here, a “snooze you lose” mentality prevails. Someone sits in your seat, you sit in whatever seat you can find, and if by chance the rightful owner shows up, too bad he/she was late. The auditorium was completely packed so it was obvious none of the people in line were going to get in.

on the runway

Models return for the finale.

The show opened with Lil’ Mama performing her song “Lip Gloss,” before models hit the stage, their hair done up in a poodle or topiary sort of way, wearing virginal white lace dresses. There was a lot of Americana on the runway as well. Perhaps in acknowledging the anniversary of 9/11, the show was themed “Star Spangled Smiles,” with plenty of red, white and blue fabric. And it’s not a Heatherette show without the costumey aspect of mini skirts formed with layers of netting.

Tyson Beckford

Tyson Beckford is interviewed after the show.

As always, transsexual icon Amanda Lepore took the stage in all her pneumatic glory before designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains took their bows. Celebs in the crowd: Sean Combs (or whatever name he’s going by) and model Tyson Beckford.

traver rains

Heatherette co-designer Traver Rains walks the runway
during the finale of the fashion show on 9/11. He’s followed
by Amanda Lepore while Richie Rich waves to photographers.

Squirrel and Nicholai by Nicky Hilton

September 10th, 2007

cp squirrel

Photos by Nadine Kam
Not so nuts? He turned down an acorn for a hunk o’ bread.

You know you’re a tourist when you start taking pictures of squirrels. This guy is the first squirrel I spotted since moving from Chelsea to the Upper West Side into Tempo, a WooGo Apartment building. Pretty nice for about $239 a night, with a little kitchenette, small fridge, oven, microwave, living room, bedroom and bathroom with full tub.

It’s about two blocks from Central Park so decided to take a walk before heading back to the tents for the Nicholai by Nicky Hilton show. So I threw this guy a little acorn and he rejected it in favor of this big ol’ hunk of bread. I never realized what big hands they have.

The squirrel turned out to be quite rude and aggressive, charging my boyfriend and stopping short, then doing it again. We were alarmed and going, “What’s up with that squirrel?” So my boyfriend just got out of its way.

As it turns out, he had been standing in the straight path between the squirrel and its tree, where it wanted to be, so once he stepped aside, the squirrel was able to scramble up the tree, food prize in its mouth. Whew!

the parents

The proud parents, Cathy and Rick Hilton.

I thought it might be a good place to spot celebs but figured they were at the MTV VMA Awards in Vegas, where there were many more ops for publicity, music being far more populist than fashion. I did get to see her parents, as well as Russell Simmons and also seated in the front row were Traver Rains and Richie Rich of Heatherette, whose show will take place 5 p.m. Tuesday. Her famous sis Paris didn’t show up, but that would have caused a circus and that bride rule applies, you don’t outshine someone on their wedding day.

heatherette boys

Heatherette’s Richie Rich and Traver Rains had a view from the front row.

Silver liner

Applying silver liner backstage at the Nicholai by Nicky Hilton show.

I went backstage to watch the MAC makeup artists applying silver eye lining, inspired by the sparkle in some of Nicky’s designs. Back stage, it was a media circus that left little breathing room, so without looking at the clothes or trying to get a glimpse of Nicky, I just left. Unfortunately, staying there would have provided the best photo ops, but you can’t help but feeling like you’re in people’s way as they try to work.

nicholai fashion

Nicky’s show turned out to be a mixed bag, as if some garments were inspired by her mom, some by her sister. I could definitely see Paris wearing some of her dresses, but some seemed geared toward middle America. What I liked best were some slick black and green square cut jackets paired with hot pants. I think she’s still so young she’s trying to please many and needs time to develop her own vision. I can’t sense she has one by the way she dresses, sort of mall-ish. In spite of the Hiltons’ money, she and Paris are not as stylish as the Olsen sisters.

nicky h

A second after Nicky took her bow and I snapped this photo, the entire crowd was on its feet.

At the end of the show she took her bows, and for the first time this week I saw a standing ovation, or maybe it was just everyone rising at once to snap a picture of the more private of the Hilton girls.