- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 11, 2005

Fashion bows to Katrina

In recent years, designer Kenneth Cole has opened his runway show at New York Fashion Week with a short video featuring an A-list star who pokes fun at fashion while highlighting social causes.

“Every season I take the opportunity to convey a much larger message than just hemlines and trends,” Mr. Cole, known for his strong social messages, says.

The video presented at the Bryant Park tents Friday at the start of Fashion Week showed Whoopi Goldberg being arrested by Fashion Victim Unit police for her many fashion infractions.

Miss Goldberg argues that other things such as relief for Hurricane Katrina victims are more important than the latest styles.

Mr. Cole took his bows after the presentation of his spring 2006 collection wearing an American Red Cross T-shirt with “800-HELP-NOW” on the back of the shirt.

Quasi-royal wedding

Five months after his motherCamilla marriedPrince Charles, food writerTom Parker-Bowles wed fashion journalistSara Buys Saturday in an English country church ablaze with flowers.

Charles and Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall, andPrinces William and Harry attended the ceremony at St. Nicholas’ Church in Rotherfield Greys, 40 miles west of London.

Mr. Parker-Bowles, 31, who is Charles’ godson, served as a witness at his mother’s wedding to Charles on April 9.

The groom’s father, Andrew Parker-Bowles, whose marriage to Camilla ended in divorce in 1995, arrived with his new wife, Rosemary. They were among some 180 church guests.

Details about the reception were kept secret, but news leaked that about 400 guests were invited and the cake was a six-tiered affair covered in Swiss white chocolate.

The wedding food was expected to be untainted by pesticides; as food writer for the society magazine “Tatler,” the groom follows his stepfather in championing organic farming.

Mr. Parker-Bowles met Miss Buys, a fashion writer for the fashion magazine Harpers & Queen, in 2001. Both attended Oxford University.

Home condemned

A Liverpool, England, city council committee has approved the demolition of a childhood home of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, despite protests from opponents of a redevelopment plan.

The council’s Housing Select Committee on Thursday decided that the property had no historical significance. The full council is expected to make a decision on Sept. 16.

The Victorian terraced house is one of 460 properties marked for demolition for a redevelopment project.

“Ringo Starr lived in the Madryn Street house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years,” said Flo Clucas, the council’s executive member for housing.

“John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes were preserved because they spent a significant part of their lives in them,” Mr. Clucas said, referring to two other Beatles members.

Jeremy Hawthorn, who campaigned to keep the homes, said the council wanted “to clear working-class families out of this area to make way for expensive housing for richer people.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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