THEY'RE ALL FRIENDS: Fifteen minutes after his scheduled 11 a.m. showtime, Michael Kors was the picture of calm, charming and posing with the gaggle of VIPs (Raquel Welch, Natasha Richardson, Ellen Pompeo) in the backstage suite. "I am not going to the show," the designer joked. "I am watching it here on the screen, and Tivo-ing it on 'Full Frontal Fashion.'"
Debra Messing lamented she and her favorite fashion pal don't get to see each other much outside of the fashion show circus. "It's a long-distance love affair," she said.
Eventually everyone made it to their seats in the front of the house, where Wendi Murdoch took in her first and only fashion week show with her friend, Celia Chou, whose husband, Silas, owns a stake in Kors' business. Asked what she thought of the Wall Street Journal, which her husband, Rupert, recently snapped up, Murdoch said: "It's great. My husband loves it, and I think they will have a lot more fashion." She herself reads it every morning, particularly the stories her husband marks for her. "He does the press clippings," she joked.
Donald and Melania Trump also caught the show, but unfortunately had to leave little Baron at home. Does the little heir share the Mrs.' fashion gene? "Oh yes," Trump said. "Every time I'm getting dressed, he sits there and goes, 'Wowww!'"
Eva Longoria Parker also popped in at the last second and took her seat next to Pharrell Williams. But it wasn't the only chance for "Desperate Housewives" fans to catch her: Today she's expected at Naeem Kahn and Zac Posen.
HALSTON HIT: Fashion critics may be divided over Marco Zanini's first collection, but some consumers have given it their vote of confidence. Twenty-four hours after a limited run of two key dresses from the runway went on sale at Net-a-porter.com on Tuesday, the designer e-commerce site reported the venture to be a hit. Some 25,000 women had logged on to see an edited version of the runway show within 60 minutes of it being posted. Net-a-porter.com's stock of Halston's $1,495 wool jersey shirtdresses sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale and, by noon on Wednesday, 85 percent of the $1,795 jersey drape cocktail dresses had been sold. But Net-a-porter.com did not disclose the number of units it had bought of each style.