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CYNTHIA ROWLEY’S BOOK CLUB: After releasing her “fantasy memoir” earlier this year, Cynthia Rowley counted herself among literary friends at her Friday show at Gotham Hall. Friends James Frey and Candace Bushnell, who are both working on their next books, filled the front row. Bushnell, wearing Alexander McQueen, said she is penning yet another book “on New York women,” as the shooting for “Lipstick Jungle” — for which “fashion will be a big part of the show” — commences this fall. “I’m trying to gather up all the look books now,” Bushnell said, adding she particularly liked Balenciaga.
A DAY AT THE LIBRARY: Jill Stuart is expecting a host of semi-bold names at its Monday show at the New York Public Library, including Carmen Electra, Tori Spelling, Bijou Phillips, Amy Ryan, Brittny Gastineau, Lisa Gastineau, Chad Michael Murray, Beth Ostrosky, Jaslene Gonzalez, Anna Anisimova, Kelly Bensimon, JC Chasez (who also attended last season), Tinsley Mortimer and The Misshapes. The one noticeable absentee is likely to be the brand’s face of the season: Lindsay Lohan — for obvious reasons.
IMITATION OF FASHION WEEK: “I’m so relaxed — I feel like fashion week is going in slow motion,” said Tara Subkoff, whose Imitation of Christ line is not showing this season. “I’ve never been a tourist for New York Fashion Week before.” The designer had not planned to attend fashion week at all, but decided at the last minute to come back from a month in Bali to attend friends’ shows such as Cynthia Rowley and MaxMara. She said she is attending shows this week “since I am trend forecasting,” (though she carefully avoided saying for whom). Subkoff added she also will unveil a design collaboration soon.