The front rows at Bryant Park on Saturday, Sept. 6 were noticeably shorter on notable names, probably due to Tropical Storm Hanna. But the Daily Transom found quite a few ducking into Pastis that evening for a dinner hosted by Carlos Jereissati, the owner of luxury shopping malls in Brazil.
“I’m very familiar with the shopping malls because I spent a little bit of time in Sao Paolo and we have mutual friends,” said Vogue editor-at-large Hamish Bowles, when we found him mingling with guests in the back of the room.
Mr. Bowles didn’t seem particularly bothered by the unpleasant weather conditions outdoors.
“It’s giving me full-on Brazilian tropical vibes!” he said. “I’ve already had to change once today. I have a lovely Louboutin rain coat that I’ve completely forgotten about.”
As for his Fashion Week schedule, Mr. Bowles said he will be attending about seven shows per day.
“My schedule has been leisurely and is about to get manic,” he said rather nervously.
Daily Transom also ran into artist Tom Sachs, who was chatting with Cecilia Dean, founder and editor of Visionaire magazine. Mr. Sachs’ hair and gray T-shirt were completely soaked.
“I have this rain jacket here,” he said looking down at a wind breaker tied around his waist. “But I rode my bike here and I guess I got a little wet. What, does it look bad?”
Designer Alexandre Herchcovitch arrived immediately following his show in the tents that evening. Dressed in jeans, sneakers, and navy blue hooded sweatshirt, Mr. Herchcovitch seemed relieved.
“I feel very good now, very relaxed,” he said in a heavy Brazilian accent. “This is my fashion week outfit—jeans and the oldest sweatshirt I own. It’s how I remain relaxed. I feel very at home in it.”
Arriving on the later side, was Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima dressed in a busty black mini-dress with fiance, basketball player Marko Jaric, by her side. Ms. Lima said that we won’t be seeing much of her in the coming weeks as she is spending all her time studying lines and attending an acting class for her upcoming role on Ugly Betty. (She will be playing herself.)
“It’s quite fun, but I have a long way to go so I don’t want anyone to expect too much,” she said of her acting abilities. “I’m a perfectionist so if I can’t deliver everything well, I get, like, so crazy.”
Despite admitting that she’s quite shy, Ms Lima gets animated when she speaks, practically acting out every word with her hands and shoulders in a way that puts forth her South American background. The Daily Transom was curious if Ms. Lima was keeping up her virginity-until-marriage vow that she told GQ about in 2006.
“People interpreted that many different ways and I truthfully don’t know what to say about it,” she replied. “When you’re in the spotlight, everything you do becomes out there and it’s okay, it’s not a problem. If people want to talk about it, go ahead and talk about it.”
“Just do one thing, don’t ever forget about me.”
We’ll try not to!