WRONG, OR RIGHT, KIND OF PUBLICITY?: So how exactly did Ashley Dupré, Eliot Spitzer's former favorite call girl, end up in the front row of Yigal Azrouël's show on Friday?
However it happened, the designer is not amused. "I'm shocked," Azrouël told WWD on Friday night. "I'm not somebody who's following and focusing on celebrity. I'm concentrating on making beautiful clothing. I'm so happy with how the collection looked, so I think we should be focusing on that, and not on the other side. You have to understand, I'm putting so much effort into what I do that this is emotionally hard. The review needs to be about the clothes, in my opinion."
Azrouël said that when he reviewed the seating chart with People's Revolution's Kelly Cutrone, who handled the front of house, Dupre's name was no where to be found. "I don't know who she is, I don't know what she looks like," he said. "I didn't know she was there."
For her part, Cutrone maintained that Dupré crashed the show, which is contrary to the aspiring singer's version. From her front-row perch Dupré — clad in relatively demure leather pants, towering sandals and a red jacket, her hair parted on one side — said she had been invited by Cutrone. She added that she and her manager Charles Suitt "snuck in" to the tents, explaining that no one had bothered her. "I'm here to see Yigal," she said. "I'm really excited."
By late afternoon Cutrone was doing damage control. She acknowledged that her firm had invited Dupré to the Davidelfin show at 4 p.m.; Azrouel was at 11 a.m. (Surely the one thing a former call girl knows how to do is tell time). Cutrone stressed that Dupré "had never met Yigal, does not know Yigal and she was not wearing Yigal" — a declaration that did not satisfy the designer.
"I'm not going to work with [Cutrone] anymore," he said. "I'm trying to be calm about the situation, but I'm really not happy about it."