IRINA’S BREAK: A Leighton Meester front-row sighting isn’t exactly an anomaly. But one of the most sought-after models sitting courtside? Less common. At the 3.1 Phillip Lim show Wednesday afternoon, as the likes of Meester, Emmy Rossum, Elizabeth Banks, Paula Patton, Joy Bryant and Juliette Lewis struck their best camera poses, veteran mannequin Irina Lazareanu was happy to sit back and take it all in.
“After six seasons I wanted to take off some time,” explained the model, who is using her breathing room to continue work on her nascent album with Sean Lennon, two years in the making. “I always put all my eggs in one basket…and for the last three years I’ve had no break. Phillip is a dear friend of mine, so I had to come see his show.” And, while one might expect Lazareanu to feel some pangs watching her colleagues strutting their stuff, it’s quite the contrary. “This is the first time I’ve really enjoyed New York Fashion Week,” she admitted. “I can have lunch with friends and see people.” Lazareanu fans fear not: The model will be walking “a little” in both Milan and Paris.