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Socialites Chilly Toward Vera Wang

Vera Wang
There are several people we'd expect to give Vera Wang a standing ovation, but Project Runway season-three winner Jeffrey Sebelia is not one of them. And yet he was the first person on his feet at the end of Wang's show this afternoon.

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Designers Punk Out With Blue Hair, Eyes

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Shots of electric blue have been all over the fall runways, and beauty trends are following suit. Most famously, Marc Jacobs dyed his models’ hair blue, adding a punkish twist to an otherwise entirely sophisticated collection. Duckie Brown added turquoise undertones to the moppy-haired models of his men's collection. And Jovovich-Hawk applied shocking blue around the eyes. Just be sure to use in moderation, in order to avoid Smurfette comparisons.

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Video: How to Look Lovely for 36 Hours

Tom Travis
Tom Travis's mother called him in sick from school in England so he could D.J. the Teen Vogue party here in New York. Records took up most of his luggage, so he could only pack two outfits to wear during his 36-hour stay. But even in that short time, Tom has come to understand Fashion Week better than most veterans: "It's always fun to sort of stand around and look lovely." Video Look Book: Tom Travis

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Sheer Delights

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Why dress for warmth when you can expose yourself? Designers are doling out sheer necklines for fall’s cocktail attire. Proenza Schouler’s iridescent midnight-blue dress comes with see-through ornate collar and bodice. Erin Fetherston’s black minidress covers up (sort of) with a sheer black, three-quartered sleeve overlay. And BCBG’s geometrically cut-out collar and sleeves offer slivers of skin, which will accessorize nicely with goose bumps.

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In Which Tim Gunn Discovers Stockings

Gunn, Tim Gunn
Everyone's favorite fashion mentor, Tim Gunn, just added more of his favorite fall shows to his fashion album. He gave Tracy Reese and Diane von Furstenberg "two big wows!" He loved Reese's design sensibility and her hosiery and shoes. "When have I ever waxed poetic about a stocking? Never, until now!" And DVF's collection was "drop-dead elegance." Gunn was floored by the metallics and prints and pondered the question: "Can any designer be more divine?" Look at Tim's album. Create your own fashion album.

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Nobody Ties a Bow Like Gilles Mendel

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In the Tuesday installment of her Fashion Week diary — coming soon: Wednesday! — socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa hobnobs with Japanese magazines, Trip Gabriel, Carlos Mota, and the ever-present Derek Blasberg. 9:30 a.m. Met with my makeup artist Alexa at my home. She does her thing, and then at 11 a.m. I ran to the J.Mendel showroom to pick out a look for the show on Thursday. The Japanese magazine Glamorous came along to shoot me for their fashion story.

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Y-3 Has Them Falling Out of Their Seats

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We're sure the idea to hold the Y-3 show in the gymnasium at Hunter College made a lot of sense at the time. The athletic venue dovetailed nicely with the sporty collection, which — with its track-pants and slouchy sweaters and peacoats — reminded us of something the richest kid at your college would wear out to the gym on a cold day. It was cute the way the time clock counted down to the start of the show, and we certainly appreciated the popcorn and spiked sodas. On the other hand, sitting on the bleachers wasn't fun ten years ago, and it's even less fun when you're surrounded by people who are all either bigger than your typical student or wrapped in bigger, furrier, more expensive coats.

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Ten Things We Liked on Wednesday

Ten Things Wednesday

From left, Proenza Schouler, Y-3, Anna Sui.Photos: imaxtree.com

  • 1. Avion Feminin — a small, quiet and brand new line showing by appointment only in the West Village. It's exactly the pared-down cool that girls who really live and work in New York want. We're crossing our fingers that some clever boutique will snap it up.
  • 2. The exploded high-tops and collared hoodie at Y-3.
  • 3. It was a little bit warmer today. We liked that.

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Delusions of Celebrity Grandeur at Anna Sui

Joan Jett and Amber Tamblyn
She may have just decried all the Fashion Week runway shows as "bullshit," but that apparently hasn't stopped Amber Tamblyn from frolicking in this fetid dung heap. She and a friend soldiered through the shallow experience of sitting front row at Anna Sui on Wednesday night, even going so far as to waltz to their seats in what looked like chipper moods. Perhaps when they pre-partied backstage, they upgraded to absinthe from the weak-ass bourbon she reportedly swilled before Max Azria.

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Eye of the Storm: Backstage at Heatherette

From the outside, Heatherette may have been a total fiasco, but our Jada Yuan found that inside was nothing but love. Backstage, Richie Rich's aromatherapist was dressed like Dorothy but didn't seem to know why. A misty Lydia Hearst remembered the boys from back in the day ("I really consider them part of my family") while Omahyra favored Heatherette for the bloodlust: "This is the shit. Everybody's fighting to get in here." Watch the video.

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Catherine Malandrino: Where Fashion Fears to Tread

Malandrino and Tyler
We found it deliciously evil that Catherine Malandrino scheduled her fall-winter 2007 at the Chelsea Art Museum to coincide with "Dangerous Beauty," an exhibit that forces visitors to walk across a floor of bathroom scales. The very idea that a bunch of fashionistas, bundled up in an extra ten pounds of outerwear no less, might be required to traipse across a gigantic Floor of Judgment in order to see Malandrino's show thoroughly tantalized us. The prospect had absolutely nothing to do with our decision to wear fewer layers today. Nothing at all.

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Heatherette Sponsors Up the Class Factor

An army of writers, reporters, and bloggers is chronicling Fashion Week. Here are a few things we learned from them: • Of course K-Y chose the Heatherette after-party to introduce its new lubricant, "Intrigue." [Heard on the Runway/WSJ] • For the rest of this week, the Payless on Fifth and 39th has the Abaeté for Payless shoes that showed on Monday. [Fashionista] • If Ashley Olsen is in New York this week, so far she's skipping Fashion Week. [PopSugar] • Can't find Proenza Schouler on Target's Website? You can bet it's on eBay. [FlyPaper] • Who are the Top Ten New Faces at Fashion Week? So far, we know three. [Of the Minute] • Could Diane von Furstenberg have scuttled out of that CFDA panel on models' health any faster? [Off the Runway]

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Former Model Veronica Webb Reminisces at the Runways

Veronica Webb
New York's Amy Larocca found former Revlon model Veronica Webb in the tents, wearing an outfit she chose "based on how warm I could be and how cute I could be at the same time." While modeling has changed since Webb walked runways in the eighties, some things are always the same. "I never felt like I was thin enough," she said. Watch the Video Look Book. Watch more videos from Fall 2007 Fashion Week.

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