Designer Michael Kors goes over the portfolio of Marymount University student Kristin Murphy. Vintage cookbooks are known to catch his eye, too.
Designer Michael Kors goes over the portfolio of Marymount University student Kristin Murphy. Vintage cookbooks are known to catch his eye, too. (By Leslie E. Kossoff -- Lk Photos)
Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Matter of Taste

Michael Kors breezed through town yesterday to take in a fashion show put on by Marymount University students, but it wasn't the clothes that initially excited him. It was a collection of recipes.

"Look at that cookbook!" the renowned designer gasped, pointing out a vintage Better Homes kitchen manual in an alcove of Marymount's Main House before the show. "Wow!" Kors inspected the book's weathered binding before joining the pre-show reception.

Bedecked in black, Kors was on hand to offer his critique on students' designs and to receive the Designer of the Year Award from the school, which boasts a big fashion design and fashion merchandising program. "The best part for me is seeing talent and hopefully being able to give my input and advice," said the "Project Runway" judge. "My favorite thing is when [students] break the rules. That's the point of being young and being, you know, fresh."

The man who has outfitted such stars as Jennifer Lopez , Charlize Theron and Madonna says Washington has moved beyond its conservative fashion image. Now the city's all about accessories, he said. "Women here spend a lot of time and money and energy finding the right bag and the right shoes. It's what the watch and briefcase was for businessmen."

Spotted . . .

· A stubble-sporting Ricky Martin , getting his caffeine fix at Starbucks in West End on Thursday. Sources tell us the pop singer, who was in town for a Patriot Center show last night, was friendly with fellow customers while waiting for a drink with his posse.

· Jane Seymour in and out of the lobby at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton yesterday in a "very sexy outfit," our source says. The "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" star is slotted to go to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a panel discussion about global warming.

· "Casino Royale" stunner Caterina Murino in a little black dress at Morton's in Tysons Corner on Thursday night. The Italian-born actress hosted a Texas Hold 'Em benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

· Several casually dressed members of the New York Mets -- including two-time all-star Shawn Green-- at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum yesterday afternoon. The Mets take on the Nats this weekend.

Noted . . .

· Burgers and onion rings were on the menu for yesterday's Camp David luncheon honoring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe . Huh? The down-home meal is pretty standard for the presidential retreat -- visiting dignitary or no -- according to the first lady's spokeswoman, Sally McDonough ."It's a traditional American meal that the Bushes enjoy themselves and they also like to offer when they have guests," McDonough told us yesterday. "Camp David is a much more relaxed and comfortable setting. The food they serve is generally in the same atmosphere." The all-American meal was topped off with apple pie and ice cream.

· Viva Las Vegas! America's Catholic cardinals and archbishops hit Sin City yesterday for the 18th American Cardinals Dinner. According to a press release, this is the first time the black-tie event has been held in Vegas. No word if Elvis made an appearance.

· Heads up, 25- to 44-year-olds: NPR is trying to grab your attention. The radio network will launch "The Bryant Park Project" in September, a morning news show aimed at listeners in their mid-20s to mid-40s. MSNBC anchor Alison Stewart and NPR reporter Luke Burbank will host the program.

-- Korin Miller

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