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Dressing for an ‘Affair

Kate Harrington checks her purse, the bed, a suitcase, under a magazine, the
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Within minutes, her request is delivered. Such is the way of the world these days. Need something? Send someone to shop for it.

In fact, not too long ago Harrington a former model turned magazine fashion stylist turned costume designer needed closets full of high fashion clothes for the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair," directed by John McTiernan and starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.

"I went shopping," says Harrington, 38,
Michael Kors handbags outlet who makes her debut as a costume designer when the film opens next Friday. With only two months "to pull the clothes together," that left no room to create anything from scratch: not a sketch, a pattern, a garment.

Harrington settled on a wardrobe for Russo selected from the 1997 Celine collection by Michael Kors (one of Russo’s suggestions) and a few Halston creations.

For Brosnan’s many suits befitting the self made billionaire Thomas Crown, Harrington passed on Prada and Gucci and went with the hand tailored detailing of Gianni Campagna, a shy, rotund Italian with a business in Milan and an eye toward opening a showroom in Los Angeles. Indeed, her life is an open book, she says, adding that her boyfriend is McTiernan, who is in the process of getting a divorce. Her father now lives in Florida.

"I’m grateful to my dad for bringing Truman into my life," she says, puffing on her cigarette. "Truman changed my life." And opened her eyes to fine style, fashion and freedom of expression.

She recalls when Capote once sent
Cheap Michael Kors handbags her, at age 15, to the legendary Halston, who needed a junior model and fast.

" ‘Get in a cab, and get over to Halston’s right now,’ Truman told me. ‘And when you get there, stand on your tippy toes,’ " she says. Halston’s fitting model, who had been released, was half an inch shorter.

Harrington laughs, recalling the storyin her best Capote impersonation. He told her, "That will be a comfortable, safe job, and I don’t have to worry about you running all over the place."

That was Capote, she says, always concerned about her, always introducing her to photographers like Richard Avedon and
discount Michael Kors Francesco Scavullo, "friends of ours I used
Michael Kors handbags outlet to go visit," always teaching her how to be fashionably chic.

"Truman had great chic about him. I never even knew people had taste like that. He was such an elegant guy. I’ve come to realize that he taught me about aesthetics."

And then there was Andy Warhol, who hired Harrington to work at his magazine, Interview, located at his compound of creativity known as The Factory. Harrington met Warhol at
fake Michael kors handbags outlet a luncheon while working as secretary to the publisher of Town Country.

"For six months, Andy invited me to The Factory," but Capote, she says, would have none of it. "But I met Andy anyway. And he said to me, ‘Would you like to be a stylist at my magazine?’ "

For five years she was Interview’s fashion and photo editor. "It was
Michael Kors handbags a pretty exciting time. I learned how to be a stylist. I worked with all these great photographers. I got my schooling in terms of learning everything about fashion, lights, people."

A year
michael kors handbags outlet later she was back in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger rang up Ritts and asked for Harrington’s help in creating a style for his character in the flick "Eraser."

"I said ‘Arnold, I don’t do movies. I don’t think this is a good idea.’ And he said, ‘Just pretend it’s one of our magazine shoots, and just think of an idea. I just need an idea.’ "Articles Connexes:

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