It's been that kind of moment for the designer, who said many of her freestanding stores are experiencing brisk sales, most notably those in Chicago and Dallas, where some customers asked her to sign their Reva ballet flats and handbags. Then Monday night, Burch greeted nearly 300 women who filled her Bal Harbour shop in Florida (Burch waited until now to visit so as to avoid hurricane season). She'll be back home in New York for Thanksgiving and won't hit the open highway — or airspace — again until mid-February when she opens a store in Las Vegas. "Women are relating to me on a lot of levels," Burch said, noting mothers ask about how she started a new career after kids. "They think it's too late. I say, 'It's never too late.' I look at myself as a late bloomer."
DOILLON'S DENIM: Lou Doillon swished into London club Maya Thursday night to host a party to fete the launch of her denim collection, Lou Doillon by Le Cooper. And sporting a silk top hat with a pair of ultra-high-waisted denim shorts from her line — which also includes skinny denim jackets and faded denim overalls — she cut a conspicuously stylish figure on the dance floor. But she was keen to point out she wasn't just a walking billboard. "This is just for me," she said of her choice of headgear. "You can't buy it, but I asked them to make it for me for the collection." Doillon, who's the daughter of Jane Birkin and director Jacques Doillon, was joined by Kate Moss' boyfriend Jamie Hince and singer Johnny Borrell at the Soho basement club. A crowd danced to remixes of David Bowie and Primal Scream tracks, spun by Boombox DJ Jerry Bouthier and Paul Weller's son Nat. "I don't know how this whole scene goes, I always stay with my cousins when I'm here," admitted Doillon, surveying the crowd. "I guess I'll find out tonight though."