Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Albright women step out, Gerard Butler gets shut down, and Anna Faris opens up about the breakup of her marriage.
- Today in failed fashion week flirtations: observers say actor Gerard Butler "took a shine" to Danish singer Oh Land yesterday after being seated next to her in the front row of Diesel's Black Gold show at Pier 94. A spy says Butler soon "began chatting and invited her to the screening of his movie Machine Gun Preacher, but didn't realize her boyfriend was standing at the back of the room." [Page Six]
- Yes, Justin Bieber wears girls jeans, and no, he's not trying to make it a thing out of. "I've worn women's jeans before because they fit me,” Bieber explained to Life and Style during Dolce and Gabbana's Fashion's Night Out in New York last week. "It's not a trend, it's just, whatever works, works." [Life and Style]
In the October issue of Marie Claire, Anna Faris says the hype about her being The Next Great Comedic Actress "kind of destroyed" her marriage to actor Ben Indra. The pair divorced in 2007 after three years of marriage. Faris says she's happier now
living a single life, having remarried but as anyone who read Tad Friend's brilliant New Yorker profile of the actress back in April can attest, being a funny woman in Hollywood is still tough, never mind the bridesmaids. [Us Weekly]
- Madeleine Albright is a former U.S. Secretary of State and ambassador to the United Nations, but she has her 9-year-old granddaughter to thank for scoring front row tickets to last night's Vera Wang show. Albright says Ellie, a budding fashionista, won three prime seats for the event at an auction held by her school in San Francisco. (Presumably Ellie's mother Katie, who was also in attendance, helped foot the bill.) Before the show began, the former stateswomen posed for a few photographs with Wang, who's a personal friend, declaring "Vera is [a] real example of a woman who has achieved in this country." Politico notes that Albright wore a "black top and a leather skirt" and "was decked out in gold jewelry, wearing a chain necklace and big bracelets on each wrist." [WWD]
- New Yorker TV critic Nancy Franklin is leaving her post after 13 years. "That’s a lot of sitting alone indoors playing with one’s equipment,” Franklin told The New York Observer in an e-mail. “I wanted to get out of the routine of writing a regular column and to get away from writing itself, at least for a while." In a separate Observer interview, New Yorker editor David Remnick made the departure sound temporary. "I fully expect she’ll be back," said Remnick, "but not about television." [The New York Observer]
- Lost in The New York Times's great editorial reshuffle under new executive editor Jill Abramson: former New York Times Magazine editor Gerry Marzorati and former metro editor Susan Edgerley had their names removed from the paper's masthead and lost their titles of assistant managing editor. Both will remain with the paper, but with new duties. [WWD]