Wednesday, September 14
Not for the Weak
Fashion Week rolls into its final stretch with a grouping of runway shows to suit any taste: Michael Kors presents his typical, ultra-tasteful sportswear; Nanette Lepore unleashes a new set of frilly frocks; and Chado Ralph Rucci unveils another season of spookily perfect constructions. These shows, and others, are all slated to transpire at the Lincoln Center campus. If you were thinking of catching a daytime screening of Contagion at the AMC Lincoln Square, you might want to reschedule, so as to avoid running into a mass of teeming, YSL-clad humanity upon your egress. Those lucky enough to get invitations but seeking an out from the throbbing hubbub may excuse themselves to the Museum of Natural History, where label b michael America throws itself a shindig. Of course, the established brands don’t need to siphon attention by staging megashows in esoteric settings (or by hiring the aged Cicely Tyson as a model, as b michael did last season), or by arbitrarily lowercasing the should-be-capital “b” in their names (We’ll allow agnès b., considering her elegant longevity!). We’ll see you, along with a passel of underfed models and overstimulated fashion writers, at Lincoln Center, which, according to legend, was once used for opera.
Shows in the penultimate day of Fashion Week include Michael Kors at 10 a.m., the Theatre; Nanette Lepore at 11 a.m., the Stage; Chado Ralph Rucci at 2 p.m., the Theatre (all at Lincoln Center site); b michael America at 8 p.m., Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street; visit mbfashionweek.com for a complete schedule.
Thursday, September 15
The Electric Room stays super-electrifying with a rumored Fashion Week after-party by Daphne Guinness. The whippet-thin fashion muse proves yet again that beer heiresses from Europe are more interesting than those from America (can you see Cindy McCain hosting a party at the Dream Hotel, let alone wrapping herself in McQueen togs and tootling around fashion shows?). The last time Ms. Guinness made a splashy public appearance, she installed herself in the Barneys windows as a living display to perform her pre-Costume Institute gala toilet. Needless to say, the lady knows how to put on a show!
Friday, September 16
Put on Your Leisure Suit
Our summer vacation is over. (We ditched the Hamptons and snuck out to St. Bart’s, which we always love. Thanks for asking!) Consequently, we’re feeling a bit grim about the long, travel-free stretch between now and Christmas (St. Bart’s again!). We’re setting aside Vanity Fair for a few months and making Travel + Leisure (that kicky plus sign!) our new favorite escapist read: we’ll try to snag you a complimentary copy at tonight’s 40th anniversary party at the Park Avenue Armory. Daniel Boulud and other tippy-top chefs are catering the evening, which kicks off tomorrow’s open-to-the-public Global Bazaar, a sort of trade show-by-way-of-EPCOT that the magazine sponsors to remind passersby how delightful travel, and travel mags, can be. As though we could forget! … For a more “downtown” crowd, James Murphy, the beloved rocker, who disbanded his LCD Soundsystem outfit in favor of so-called retirement, is said to be spinning a D.J. set at the Electric Room—perfect for those of you who missed his Madison Square Garden farewell concerts in March.
Travel + Leisure anniversary party at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 7:30 p.m., private event, Global Bazaar opens tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Park Avenue Armory, visit travelandleisure.com/promo/globalbazaar for tickets and information; Electric Room at the Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street, private event.
Saturday, September 17
Nacho, Nacho Man
How do we get Nacho Figueras’s publicist? The polo star—more recognizable than 75 percent of this year’s U.S. Open players—shows up everywhere. (Maybe if our hair were so amiably floppy and our skill on a horse so proficient, we would be a guest of honor, too.) At least today he’s an fitting guest. The St. Regis 1904 Polo Cup celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Greenwich Polo Club (and the 135th of “American polo,” which doesn’t look a day over 119). Guests will, before the horses gallop, get to tour the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, the private collection of art world bigwig and Stephanie Seymour’s soulmate, Peter Brant. The collection currently spotlights artist Josh Smith’s The American Dream, a painting with an almost-creepily appropriate title for an afternoon of manicured lawns, Champagne and American Express sponsorship. (Not to mention, tall, dark and handsome athletes!)
Greenwich Polo Club (Greenwich, Conn.), 80 Field Point Road, gates open 1 p.m., match at 3 p.m.; visit stregispolo.com or call the Polo Club at (203) 561-5821 for information.