Liya Kebede told us last night at the premier screening of The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi that she won’t walk this Fashion Week, after also sitting out the spring 2010 season. She said she would “probably” watch some shows instead.
Meanwhile, Fashion Week head honcho and IMG vice-president Fern Mallis is busy wrapping up preparations for the shows, which begin their last season in Bryant Park on Thursday. She said IMG is planning a party in the tents to bid adieu to Bryant Park after the last show ends. Mallis, who said she wouldn’t turn down a reality show, was wary of the Jersey Shore cast making it into the tents this season. When informed that America’s youth looks to the Shore cast for style advice and that JWOWW is launching a line she replied, “That’s scary. That’s scary.” What did she think of their fashion sense? “Hard to comment, and hard to use fashion in the same sentence with that.”
Robert Verdi shared similar sentiments. “I wouldn’t follow it for fashion advice. It’s more like how not to live,” he said of the show. “I wouldn’t dress any of them — I don’t think any of them would clean up well. I mean, there are some people who just clean up well. Snooki would be fun because she’s the breakout star — because she got punched in the face. She would be fun to dress but difficult to dress — she’s short and wide.” So he still has no filter.