EAT, DRINK, MAN, MODEL
FASHION WEEK DISHES UP HOT CUISINE WITH ITS HAUTE COUTURE.
The scene: New York City’s Fash-ion Week. The annual rag-trade pre-view of fall styles was capped off by the grand opening of the Elle Macpherson/Naomi Campbell/Claudia Schiffer theme eatery, the Fashion Cafe. What we learned: September will be chockful of pastel suits, white leather everything, and Emma Peel-style outfits (think mod). Conservative duds (think pinstripes) were the other major trend-much to the dismay of designer Nicole Miller. ”Not to put airline hostesses down, but not everyone wants to look like them,” she griped. What we missed: Supermodel star power. In the glam equivalent of the baseball strike, many famous faces sat out Fashion Week after designers tried to put a cap on their five-figure fees. Public enemy No. 1: Writer Michael Gross, whose scathing expose Model (William Morrow) has irked and embarrassed many a mannequin. ”I’m wearing this Ralph Lauren stiletto-heel-proof suit just in case,” said Gross. Did she really say that? ”I don’t really like makeup,” said Cover Girl spokeswoman Helena Christensen. ”You sweat it off anyway.” Did he really say that? ”I never thought I could get too close to models. Tonight I almost got inside them, and not in a good way,” said Jon Stewart about the crunch at the Fashion Cafe. Best seating arrangement: At designer Todd Oldham’s show, on-again-off- again Madonna pal Ingrid Casares sat in a chair reserved for ”Mrs. Sandra Bernhard.” Does Mickey know? Among those making the scene at the Fashion Cafe: Minnie Mouse. Asked why, a Disney spokesman replied, ”Why did anyone show up at the Fashion Cafe? To see Claudia.” What the little people thought: ”I never (knew) women grew that tall,” said a restaurant bathroom attendant. ”Freaks of nature.” They Shoot Clotheshorses, Don’t They? 1. Big gun Steven Tyler of Aerosmith models for Betsey Johnson. 2. Cafe cofounder Schiffer is projected onto the eatery’s wall on opening night. 3. RuPaul, Ivana Trump, and Ivana’s daughter, Ivanka, from left, strike a pose at the Todd Oldham show. 4. Marianne Faithfull, left, and Iggy Pop eye Anna Sui’s style. 5. Schiffer, Campbell, and Macpherson at the Fashion Cafe opening. 6. The Artist For-merly Known As Prince seems amused at Isaac Mizrahi’s whimsical new line. 7. Naomi Campbell, left, escorts mom Valerie to her table.