Fashion Scoops: Change is Good

It’s pretty much a given that celebs attending a designer’s show will be sporting his or her clothes in the front row. But how far do you take that given?

MASCULIN-FEMININ: In addition to the expected blow-dried lineup of ladies gracing its front row, J.Mendel managed to wrangle a, shall we say, eclectic mix of celebrities. As Carrie Underwood and Jamie Lynn Sigler posed for the flashbulbs, Mary J. Blige, with husband Kendu Isaacs by her side, was swarmed my video cameras. Luckily, Isaacs is used to the attention. “I’ve been going to fashion shows since 2001,” he bragged.

Blige sported, of course, a J.Mendel jacket and dress, but it was her fierce footwear that really stood out. “They’re L.A.M.B.,” she said of her perforated leather stiletto booties. And, while the pretty frocks cruising down the runway may have issued oohs from the rest of the crowd, don’t expect to see Blige in a chiffon concoction any time soon. “I’m never too feminine,” she explained of her personal style. “I always have to have a masculine edge.”

That edge doesn’t come cheap: Though Isaacs wasn’t familiar with J.Mendel’s designs, he was well acquainted with their financial value. “I only know the credit card bills I get!” he joked.

SHOE BOOK: Footwear fanatics have a fantastical new tome to whet their appetites, courtesy of photographer Michel Tcherevkoff. Called “Shoe Fleur” (Random House), it shows all manner of flora contorted to resemble every imaginable style of stiletto, boot and slipper. Fans Feruccio Ferragamo and Diane von Furstenberg were fascinated enough to write the preface and introduction, while Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin requested advance copies. Tcherevkoff toasted his publication with a party at the Museum of Art and Design Thursday night.

CAMERA SHY: Friday’s MaxAzria show at Bryant Park certainly drew a camera-shy crowd: A Theory-clad Ivanka Trump and her beau, Jared Kushner, refused tandem photo-ops. “She’s the one you really want anyway,” Kushner told the paparazzi. Taking her cue from the lovebirds, an expectant Nicole Richie took her seat only after the runway had been cleared. There were, however, some noncomformists who hammed it up for the lens, namely Molly Sims and Carrie Underwood, who arrived on the arm of Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive (could a covershoot be in the works?). “It’s so nice to have someone you can always count on,” Underwood cooed of Azria’s designs.
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