LINCOLN SQUARE — The craziness at the Marchesa fashion show led attendees to joke it was like Grand Central Station.
And, in reality, it was.
The event was held Wednesday during the evening rush at the transit hub.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West joined an already packed front row that included Stacy Kiebler, Michelle Tractenberg, Abigail Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Jenna Dewan and Tyra Banks, who was oddly wearing a trench coat over what looked to be a sparkly dress.
“It’s just really short, and I’m not really wearing short, short stuff these days,” she said. “I don’t want to flash. Once I sit down, it will be a reveal and you will be able to see the loveliness.”
“Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss, sporting newly blonde choppy hair, managed to sneak into her front row seat at the J. Mendel show at the Lincoln Center tents almost without being noticed. She was, after all, barely recognizable.
And that’s a good thing for her.
"Mad Men is a very international show so [the attention] it always surprises me in countries like New Zealand or Italy,” said Moss, who traveled to New Zealand, Australia and Italy this summer. Attending the J. Mendel show Wednesday afternoon with her mother, Moss admitted that her new blonde works for her. “It’s kind of an accessory in itself. It dresses up any outfit,” she said, adding, “It’s never been this short or this blonde before.” But will Peggy Olsen be a blonde when “Mad Men” production starts again in a few weeks? “I can’t say,” she admitted, “but it’s Peggy. She does not really have blonde hair.”
Also at J. Mendel was actress Abigail Spencer, who is just back from a small town in Georgia where she was filming a new series called “Rectified,” from the producers of “Breaking Bad.” Even though the location was rural, she admitted, “We found the group of hipsters in the small town of Griffin and we glommed onto them.”
Speaking of “Mad Men,” star Jon Hamm’s real-life girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt admitted the Nanette Lepore show Wednesday was her first ever fashion show. “I’ve never really watched them. This is new to me,” she said.
Westfeldt didn’t exactly get the usual fashion show experience. Lepore’s front row was like a cocktail party filled with her longtime friends including Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt, Aida Turturro and Edie Falco. In a rare move, Lepore hit the runway before her show and joined in with the socializing.
There are many fashion collections associated with celebrities that show at the Lincoln Center tents and around New York City, but none has warranted as much attention as Holmes & Yang, co-designed by Katie Holmes. Most requests for invitations were met with an email admitting the presentation would be “intimate” and that there would be “no backstage and broadcast/video access for guests and press,” which is usually standard for shows.
And then IMG, organizers of the Lincoln Center tents, took the unprecedented move of sending out two warning emails to accredited media. “Please note that tomorrow’s Holmes & Yang presentation is CLOSED to all media, unless you have already been approved by their team,” the emails read. And, according to a security guard at the venue, it's not Holmes' star power causing the lockdown. “The Scientologists,” he said.