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At G-Star Raw, Good Denim Makes for Good Ass

If there's one thing you need to know about G-Star jeans, it's that they make your ass look good. Or that was the consensus among the attendees at the G-Star Raw show, from Tyson Beckford to Damien Fahey to Duran Duran, who went as far as to note that the denim even makes "your other bits look good." In this backstage video, reporter Jada Yuan surveys the crowd's collective bottom, makes notes of Ryan Adams's $20 shoes, and catches Dennis Hopper's freaky runway narration. Click to watch. Video: Backstage at G-Star Raw [NYM Video]

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Video: Resurrecting the Flapper Backstage at Monique Lhuillier

New York’s Jada Yuan took cameras backstage at Monique Lhuillier to capture the preparations for the designer’s flapper-inspired show. The makeup artist sought “poetic glamour” with — you guessed it — a smoky eye. The hairstylist nixed short-haired girls. And the designer herself had a preshow freak-out that lasted five days. Watch the video to see the drama for yourself. Video: Backstage at Monique Lhuillier [NYM Video]

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Tyra Banks and Vivica A. Fox Speak On the Fabulosity of Kimora

Amid the usual chaos backstage at Baby Phat, Jada Yuan managed to catch up with not only label designer Kimora Lee Simmons, but also Tyra Banks, Robert Verdi, Star Jones, and Vivica A. Fox, who each testified to Kimora's "fabulosity," as Fox put it. "Kimora is big, she's over-the-top, she's a grande dame," said Banks; "she taught me 'off the hook' and 'off the chain' — and the chain is actually diamonds, when it's Kimora's chain," added Verdi. Indeed. Watch the video for more.

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Baby Phat Invents ‘Understated Bling’

Only at Baby Phat could black-on-black nails embellished with black crystals be considered low-key. But as Creative Nail Design co-founder Jan Arnold explained backstage before the show, Kimora Lee Simmons decided to go with an "understated bling" look this year. Now there's a contradiction. New York Magazine Beauty Editor Aja Mangum also caught up with MAC's Nadine Luke, who expanded further on the show's makeup theme — "it's 1920s but a modern 1920s, so instead of a flapper girl, she's a flippin' girl." Watch the video to see the nails and the makeup close up.

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Video: Backstage at the Sean John Open Call

Sean John
Sean John last showed in February 2003. So how can the designer bring his name to the forefront this Fashion Week? Casting all African-American models is a good start. Novelist and New York correspondent Brian Keith Jackson took our cameras to the Sean John open call in midtown yesterday afternoon. Watch the video to check out the hot competition. Video: Sean John Open Call [NYM Video]

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Video: Studio Tour With Chris Benz

New York’s Amy Larocca recently visited with young (only 25!) designer Chris Benz in preparation for his upcoming show at Fashion Week. Citing inspirations from frumpy Parisian ladies to Mary-Kate Olsen and Margot Tenenbaum, Benz explained his design process and predilection for bold, colorful prints. Watch the video to get a peek at what Benz may bring to the tents. Video: Studio Tour with Chris Benz How does a designer prepare for Fashion Week? Read Chris Benz’s; journal. More Videos Studio Visit With Michael Kors Inside Derek Lam's Studio

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Video: Studio Visit With Michael Kors

Michael Kors
Michael Kors doesn’t restrict his pithy comments to Project Runway — he had plenty to say when New York fashion director Harriet Mays Powell visited his studio with our cameras. “I was having a Virginia Slims moment for spring,” he said of one tennis dress. He was exuberant about a day-to-night, adjustable lizard bag and gave a colorful hint about his upcoming fall collection. Watch the video for more joie de Kors. Video: Studio Visit With Michael Kors More videos! Studio Tour With Chris Benz Inside Derek Lam's Studio

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Video: Inside Derek Lam's Studio

Derek Lam
Derek Lam invited New York’s fashion director Harriet Mays Powell to his studio, and our cameras tagged along. Will Lam use lace for fall 2008? Or will he go with embroidery and pleating? It’s all out on his design table, but Lam wouldn’t get specific beyond admitting that purple and green are his favorite colors. But his fashion philosophy is worth remembering: “If a woman feels comfortable in her skin, then she’s the best-dressed one out there.” For more advice from Derek Lam, watch the video. Video: Inside Derek Lam's Studio More videos! Studio Tour With Chris Benz Studio Visit With Michael Kors

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Frédéric Fekkai Teaches Secrets of Painfully Tight Ponytails

Beauty editor Aja Mangum managed to steal a few minutes of hair guru Frédéric Fekkai's time at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. The mane maestro is all about effortless chic this spring, apparently, with a focus on shiny, healthy hair. Bobs, chignons, and painfully tight ponytails are all in your near future, ladies, so pay attention as Fekkai explains how to achieve his looks.

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Video Memo to Derek Lam: Give Cathy a Signature Silhouette!

There was no shortage of commentary backstage at the Derek Lam show: Fabiola Beracasa and Lam discuss the art of balancing his eponymous line with his work for Tod's, Amanda Ross declares Lam's "classic" designs to be among her favorites, and Bergdorf buyers have bought Lam's lines in full force. But as well designed and accessible as Lam's work may be, ever-honest Times critic Cathy Horyn is still searching for something more.

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Idol Worship at DVF

Diane Von Furstenberg's role in life is "to make women feel confident," and it's this sort of philosophy that makes the popular designer Fabiola Beracasa's idol. Backstage at the DVF show, Fab chats up the lady of the hour as well as Plum Sykes and Diane's hubby, megamogul Barry Diller — who reveals that his wife steers clear of working on his wardrobe. Watch and see why.

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Nicky Hilton's Muse Is Her Jewelry Box

Comparatively quiet socialite Nicky Hilton debuted her Nicholai line last night, and New York was there to catch the magic both on the runway and behind the scenes. Nicky's big sis Paris wasn't present (was getting mocked by Sarah Silverman at the VMAs really that preferable?), but her proud parents were right by her side — mom Kathy was quite literally "speechless" at her daughter's accomplishment. As for the collection itself, Nicky drew her inspiration from bling. See for yourself how it all played out.

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