Meanwhile, Maggie Gyllenhaal, seated between her stylist, Leslie Fremar, and Swank, and Mischa Barton remained impressively composed throughout the madness. Gyllenhaal chatted freely about her latest ads for Agent Provocateur. "My friend told me they had great nursing bras, and I wanted to get out of the nasty ones I was wearing," said the mother of 11-month-old Ramona. "I wanted to feel hot again."
Barton was on a break from filming her new movie in New Jersey. "I'm incredibly lazy [about fashion week]. I haven't been going out," said the raven-haired actress — who was at the Van Cleef & Arpels bash Tuesday night.
TOO MANY COOKS: Before singing a few tunes after Zang Toi's fashion show Thursday night, Patti LaBelle said, "I'll be showing Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray a thing or two." Her cooking DVD and The Good Life pots, pans and aprons are due out in the next few months. As it is, The Good Life's Hot Flash hot sauce is a bestseller, said the songstress, adding: "I'm flashing now," as a handler stood fanning her. Mention of the space's lack of air-conditioning did not change her view. "I'd be flashing anyway."
On another front, Lenny Kravitz is producing an upcoming album for LaBelle, an all-women act she started 40 years ago. The musician also has returned to Def Jam and is working on a Christmas album, but Wednesday's two-song performance was less rehearsed. Asked what she planned to sing at the event, which benefited the Lance Armstrong Foundation, LaBelle said: "'A Change Is Gonna Come.' We need change in this world. People need to get involved with cancer research and give their time."