WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LADIES?: It was only about an hour before show time when Sean "Diddy" Combs decided he would definitely not be showing any women's wear on the runway at his show on Friday. "It just didn't come together in time and I wasn't going to show what I wasn't happy with," Combs said backstage post-show. Combs, who just ended his junior women's sportswear licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group Ltd., said the women's line will still be produced in-house — at least for now. "We are in discussions with other potential partners to do the women's line. The women's business is the craziest business in the world and it's been hard for us to get out of the gate, but we'll get there. When we do, it's going to be big."
Meanwhile, front-row guests such as Phylicia Rashad, Kevin Federline (who arrived with a bodyguard to shoo away reporters) and Roberto Cavalli all turned out in support.
"The only reason I'm still in New York is for Puffy," Cavalli said. "He is an artist and always puts on a real show. Maybe someday he will come to my show."
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: David Remnick, aka "Mr. Fashion," joked that he'd been to 40 shows last week, but then fessed up that Ralph Lauren's was the only show he'd been to. "How often do the swallows go to Capistrano?" he said. Asked how he enjoyed Lauren's show, The New Yorker's editor said: "What's not to enjoy compared to what I've been doing?"
HOLLYWOOD CLOSE-UP: Ralph Lauren has had quite a few cinematic moments over the past four decades, a notion that was driven home this season when producer and director Joel Schumacher came to his fall runway show on Friday. "Ralph and I have been friends since 1970, when he was starting in the men's wear business," Schumacher, who sat in the front row next to Ricky Lauren, said. "I couldn't afford anything so he would give me the models' samples." Schumacher, who was a costume designer in the Seventies, said he was hopeful the writers' strike was coming to an end. "It looks promising," he said.