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PARTY FOUL: Chloë Sevigny was not the happiest of campers Tuesday night at the Bryant Park Hotel's Cellar Bar, where she hosted the launch of Samsonite's Black Label Trunk Collection. The scenester was out until the wee hours the night before at the bash she hosted at Webster Hall. "I'm just really tired," said Sevigny, clad in vintage yellow Ungaro. "I was out really late, then up shooting Uniqlo ads all day." Other than the raucous rage schedule, what else about fashion week gets the downtown diva's Wolfords in a bunch? "Fashion week makes me feel very self-critical," she explained. "Like I'm not wearing the right thing or looking the right way. It's stressful."
LIZ CLAIBORNE INVADES ISAAC MIZRAHI: In addition to front-row hopping at Isaac Mizrahi, who just signed on to design the Liz Claiborne line, and Narciso Rodriguez, in which Liz Claiborne Inc. owns a 50 percent stake, Claiborne chief executive officer William L. McComb said he's had "a good fashion week with good conversations and meetings with people who have been in town."
McComb wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the meetings, nor would he confirm this morning's meeting to close on the sale of Ellen Tracy to a consortium of buyers led by Windsong Brands and the Radius Group. The ceo did say, though, that Claiborne is closing in on a new co-president for Kate Spade to handle the business side, complementing co-president Deborah Lloyd, who was hired for the design side in October. Also at the show was Dave McTague, Claiborne executive vice president of partnered brands — raising the question of whether the firm's ties to Mizrahi go deeper than his designing its flagship line. Perhaps Claiborne is considering a similar investment setup to the one it has with Rodriguez? "While we obviously would like to grow our relationship, our current collaboration is 100 percent focused on the Liz Claiborne brand," a spokeswoman for Claiborne said.
Although Tim Gunn was missing from the Claiborne executive lineup at the show, his "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" sidekick Veronica Webb sat front row in an Mizrahi pink-and-white-checkered dress she'd also worn on the Bravo reality show. But she's not joining Gunn on the show's second season, instead opting to host her own show, "Living Style," on BBC World, for which she covered Halston earlier in the week.