Nigel Barker is back. The former “America’s Next Top Model” judge will return, but this time as the host for a similar show, “Face.” Barker, who appeared at Nine West in Midtown to promote the brand’s Runway Relief Program, which sells exclusive product and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, will also work with Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, who will act as the show’s mentors to up-and-coming models. “They will teach these models the way of the supermodel,” said Barker, adding that the premiere episode will air next year on Oxygen. But for now, Barker will make the rounds at New York Fashion Week, stopping at such shows as Cynthia Rowley and Betsey Johnson. As for the perfect pair for front row seats, the photographer said, “You’ll always get the flash of the red sole that people like to see. People are revealing their soles at Fashion Week. It’s quite dramatic.”
The characteristically upbeat Jerome Rousseau was uncharacteristically hostile about one aspect of the footwear industry when Spy caught up with the designer at Saks Fifth Avenue in Los Angeles. His constant travels around the globe are taking their toll, he said. “The biggest problem in my life is jet lag. It’s the one thing I can use the ‘H’ word for — I hate it,” he said. “I am the person who suffers the most from jet lag that I’ve ever met. Of all the people I know, I travel the most. I’m also the last to adjust to it. I’ve tried every trick and none of them work for me.” But as his fashion star rises, the designer is finding his schedule more demanding than ever. Next week, he’s off to New York for 10 days to show off the spring collection. And with the introduction of handbags for spring ’13, more air miles are probably in Rousseau’s future. “I’m a very positive person and I love everything else about this industry,” he said. “It’s just this one thing!”
Shane and Shawn Ward were getting reacquainted with Los Angeles last night when they came to town for the West Coast launch of ROOS-Shane&Shawn at Sportie L.A. But the duo said that even as they were discovering new favorite spots, they were still in a New York state of mind. “We used to come to L.A. a lot,” said Shawn. “We love to go to Soho House out here, for sure. There are people there who used to work at Soho House in New York. It’s nice to see familiar faces and they know who you are and if feels like a little bit of home.” Andy Rubin, CEO of Pentland Brands PLC, which owns the Kangaroos label, was also in town to enjoy the weather before heading back to London. “My family and I came out for vacation and managed to stay an extra day so we could be here,” he said. “When you live in the U.K., you don’t get to see much sun, so we’re taking it in.”
Fashion's Night Out was a first for Matt Bernson. The designer hosted an event in his brand's Tribeca store, which opened this spring. "It was amazing to have our own space to do something," Bernson told Spy, adding that he was relieved to see a line out the door before the party started. "There's 1,000 parties in one night and to have a line down the block was unbelievable. I'm glad people wanted to come." Actress and model Byrdie Bell helped matters when she stopped by the store for some light shopping and cocktails. She even took home the Jagger bootie in black.
At Bergdorf Goodman, Aerin Lauder was on hand to greet fans of her Aerin line of cosmetics, launched just in time to keep her looking fresh through a week of fashion shows. Her favorites include Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler. Lauder, who is launching her footwear collection for spring ’13, told FN she has been spending a lot of time in Nike-land, indulging her two sons' — aged 13 and 11 — passion for Nike Lunar Ones and NikeID sneaks. "Oh, and neon socks," Lauder said. "They definitely have their own style and opinion now."