BACK TALK: Backstage is the new black for celebrities visiting fashion shows, as proven by the crew hanging out in the wings before the Calvin Klein show on Tuesday. Ashley Olsen, Marley Shelton and Julianne Moore all mingled with their stylists and friends among Champagne and cold cuts while the models frantically dressed.
"I will say it makes things a little tricky," Shelton said of the legions of shutterbugs waiting for her and her colleagues' arrival to their seats. "On the red carpet it's easier because you can just keep walking. But here, you sit down and there's nowhere to run."
"I think it's too much," agreed Moore, newly blonde for her role in the film "Blindness." "I think it becomes discouraging for everybody, witnessed by the fact that we're all back here now."
But since designer Francisco Costa is a friend of the usually-redheaded actress, she happily agreed to attach her name to a dinner in his honor at Wakiya later that night. Her co-host was Kate Bosworth, who braved TV crews.
"It's always a production, isn't it?" she asked. "You get used to it, but I prepare myself differently than if I was just going into a showroom."
DOWNTIME, DOWNTOWN: Sometimes relaxing can be more challenging than working, as proven by several designers who came to the Mulberry and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund party at The Roof Club & Garden at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Monday. "It's so hard to leave the office and come here," said Rachel Roy, who was e-mailing in between. "I keep checking if the girls are still in the office." On the other hand, Philip Lim, who showed Sunday, said, "I feel really peaceful." Mulberry design director Stuart Vevers was also peaceful considering his seemingly hectic schedule. "I flew in yesterday and fly back [to London] on Thursday."