- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009

Fashion parade

Former “Baywatch” diva Pamela Anderson took three spins on the catwalk Friday as British designer Vivienne Westwood presented her ready-to-wear collection for the coming fall-winter season in Paris.

Miss Anderson was “vamping up the sex factor at a display that fairly dripped with campy sensuality,” reports Jenny Barchfield of Associated Press. One outfit had a tutulike skirt that flared up and out on both hips; another included a very tight white T-shirt with a red number 5 on it, and the other was a short-short black dress with a neckline that for a moment wasn’t a neckline any more, according to reports all over the Internet. You see, Miss Anderson experienced a Janet Jackson moment. The headline on Mail Online — Britain’s Daily Mail’s Web site — calls it “Breast in show.”

Meanwhile, at the Issey Miyake show, karate champions put business wear through the motions as they “chopped, kicked and yelped their way through a catwalk display of their art,” AP says.

Then, as Saturday rolled around, it was time for Jean Paul Gaultier, whose show included a catfight on the catwalk. It was scripted, though. There’s more: yes, a dominatrix with a whip — well, someone had to control the mud fight. Miss Barchfield referred to the Gaultier show as a “down-and-dirty display.” Oh, vive la France!



Who’s Ducky now?

No one picked up the phone at the Fat Duck on Friday, AP reports from Bray, England, home of Britain’s best-known restaurant, with three Michelin stars. Tables used to be reserved months in advance, but owner-chef Heston Blumenthal closed the Fat Duck Feb. 24 until authorities discover what caused the mystery illness that struck diners soon after they had eaten there. At first 40 people reported being sick, then the list grew.

Mr. Blumenthal’s latest televised gastronomic adventure, “Heston’s Feasts,” includes stabs at absinthe jelly, deep-fried mealworms (injected with tomato-flavored paste for added gooeyness) and a pink “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired potion designed to taste like toffee, toast, custard, cherry pie and turkey. His tasting menu costs about $170 per person.

London public relations figure Katrina Kutchinsky says she does not think Mr. Heston will suffer professionally from what has happened. On the chef’s next TV show, trained pigeons escape a culinary fate and fly from a pie.

Otherwise

• Reuters news agency reports that Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, 45 (real name Artis Levon Ivey Jr.) was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday on suspicion of possessing drugs, police said.

• Singer Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault following an incident at a ball in London’s Berkeley Square last year, her spokesman said on Friday, adding that she “voluntarily attended a police station in London [Thursday] morning.”

• Former football-star-turned-actor Brian Bosworth was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday on suspicion of driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle drunk along Hollywood Boulevard. He starred in the 1991 action film “Stone Cold.”

Compiled by Richard Slusser from wire and Web reports

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