While unknown stragglers are one thing at fashion week events, when we spied Aaron Eckhart sitting on the steps of the store next door during the Diane von Furstenberg launch party in Mayfair, we wondered if he’d forgotten his invite. “I am a big fan of Diane,” said the actor, who’s in London for the filming of the latest Batman installment—he’s the villain Two-Face—at Pinewood Studios. “But I am going to support her from out here on the stoop.” Moments later, DVF herself came out to usher him inside. Before the L.A.-based Eckhart left, he told us that he’d just walked from Notting Hill to Mayfair, which is a very brisk 45-minute walk. “I love that people walk here,” said Eckhart. No wonder he needed to sit down.
Milk Studios was transformed into Studio 54 (minus the man in the moon with the giant coke spoon) on Friday night when Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy, and Diane von Furstenberg hosted a party to celebrate Bob Colacello’s new book, Out. “Bob is a great friend and when you see a book like this, all the memories come back,” said Carolina Herrera, holding her autographed copy of the volume, featuring candid snapshots from the sixties and seventies that journalist Colacello took for his “Out” column in Interview. “New York is always fabulous, but at that time everybody was freer.” Calvin Klein, André Leon Talley, and Thom Browne also showed up and lounged in the silver-and-white setup designed by W Hotels. “These photos show a time when public people weren’t so paranoid. Now you could never take those spontaneous photos. People have a publicist to their right and their left, and a manager,” said Sischy. “It really points to a time when people were less uptight about being caught being human.”
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Stella McCartney, who celebrated her 36th birthday last week and is currently awaiting the birth of her third child in London, knows a thing or two about juggling motherhood, a healthy lifestyle, and a career. So when the designer spotted an article in W magazine on the organic baby food brand Tastybaby, she contacted Malibu-based co-founders Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson and asked them co-host a shopping benefit for the Children’s Action Network. The event, which took place at McCartney’s Los Angeles boutique on Saturday afternoon, drew guests including Angie Harmon, Jennifer Meyer, and Courtney Cox, all of whom brought their daughters. Cindy Crawford, on the other hand, turned up without her offspring. "Both of mine are real Malibu kids" she confessed, "They couldn’t face the car ride all the way here." As models parading the pre-spring 2008 collection tried their best to sidestep a mass of excited children lining up for ice cream, Kate Beckinsdale sought refuge in the shade with her daughter. "I absolutely adore Stella!" she said. "She was the first designer I ever contacted for free clothes!"
Photo: Linlee Allen
"Just hanging out," was Tara Reid’s response when asked what brought her to Saturday afternoon’s Mulberry tea party at its Julie Verhoeven-curated pop-up boutique in Notting Hill. Kitted-out with padded white cotton walls, shard of glass, and mounds of white powder—"somebody’s cheeky take on a certain substance—certainly not mine," avowed the brand’s creative director, Stuart Vevers—it was the best place to be on the sunny first day of London fashion week. Beth Ditto and her entourage grooved to the sounds of the Queens of Noize, both of whom were in floaty Verhoeven frocks, while the crowd talked about how to get their hands on the canvas gift bags, which were in perilously low supply, that the artist had designed. Further proof of Verhoeven’s status as the artist-of-the-moment: Word was going around that certain fashionistas-cum-art collectors were planning to camp out on Sunday night to be the first in line to purchase the £1000 silk dress she designed for Mulberry when it goes on sale Monday morning.
Photo: Courtesy of Mulberry
London fashion week got off to a buzzy start on Friday afternoon with the always popular Topshop show. As Peaches and Pixie Geldof posed for the cameras and patient showgoers queued in a Heathrow-length line to get in, no less than 25 Anya Hindmarch totes emblazoned with gigantic AH hardware were spotted. “She gives them away as gifts to top journalists,” said one in-house Topshop accessories designer. “It’s great marketing, if you can afford it.” Philip Green, take note.
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