The Jill Stuart show this afternoon at the New York Public Library was full of surprises. First, there was some serious star wattage thanks to front-row seats holding Joy Bryant, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bette Midler, and, of course, a token “real” housewife: Bethenny Frankel. Then a fully exposed breast from a model mid-show. Gasp! Stuart sent down the library-length runway a flotilla of the beautiful, feminine looks she’s best known for. There was a whole lot of chiffon, a cropped white tuxedo jacket, and scarves warn over the head à la Thelma and Louise.
When I found myself standing next to Misshape Leigh Lezark (who was recently canonized as a talking cartoon thanks to Style.com) after the show, in honor of the literary setting I asked her what she’s reading these days. “I’m actually currently reading Obama’s The Audacity of Hope. I have it in my bag right now,” she said, gesturing to the large, black leather designer tote hanging from her hand. And her verdict: “I think it’s good so far.” A ringing endorsement of Change.