Bette In The News Today…Turns Tables On Fashion Editors

Mister D: Thanks to Mark for alerting me….hhhmmm….maybe Bette is getting some ideas for her upcoming tour….Hooray!!!!

NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Midler turned the tables on the press at the Cynthia Rowley fashion show: Instead of posing for the cameras, Midler sat quietly sketching the fashion editors.

Dressed in a turtleneck and sunglasses, Midler said she was just making use of the sketch pad and pencil that Rowley left on each seat. Thursday night’s fashion show, previewing fall 2003, took place in an art gallery, and Rowley said her shimmery skirts and dresses with bow-tied waists were inspired by the women who work in the hip, downtown art world.

“I’m just doodling,” said Midler, whose pad was filling up with both portraits of the crowd and still-life pictures of the stage. She even offered a reporter tips on creating cartoon characters, beginning with a very round head, and exaggerated and expressive eyes.

The 57-year-old singer-actress said she became a fan of Rowley’s flirty styles while her daughter, Sophie von Hasselberg, interned with the designer last summer.

“Cynthia’s a doll. She’s amusing and her clothes are amusing — and we need a little humor.”

New York Fashion Week, the runway shows for retail buyers and editors, ended Friday with Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.

Cynthia Rowley Fashion Show Pics

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