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Narciso Rodriguez Clowns Fellow Designers

Soon after fighting through the velvet ropes to get into Narciso Rodriguez's after-party at the Gramercy Park Hotel, we encountered the man himself. At first, we weren’t sure all the effort had been worth it. When we asked what inspired him this year, we were told, "Everything from football to the body in motion, from the tropics to shadows. I'm looking to the future and making things that are new." Uh-huh. Yawn.

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Even the Fug Girls Love Michael Kors

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We've been looking forward to the Michael Kors show all week, if only because we're suffering from serious Project Runway withdrawal. It seems like the rest of the world felt the same way, because his show this morning was packed to the gills with people looking to get a piece of the Kors. The morning got off to a good start when we spotted Fergie — not that Fergie; the former Duchess of York Fergie — stroll into the tent with Robert Verdi. The Weight Watchers spokeswoman still appears to be counting her points, because she looked chic and svelte in a black skirt and blouse.

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Amber Tamblyn, Life of the (Admittedly Crappy) Party

Is it just us, or do the parties this week totally blow? Thankfully, Amber Tamblyn, who is just one whirling dervish of former teen-talks-to-God-dramedy fun, doesn't appear to know this. We love everything about the 23-year-old Joan of Arcadia alum, from her flirty sense of style to her dry quips answering stupid press questions (Q: "How are you handling the madness of Fashion Week?" A: "Quaaludes. Lots of quaaludes").

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Sari Sloane of Intermix Likes Derek Lam, Doo.Ri, and Thakoon

From left: Thakoon, Doo.Ri, Derek LamPhotos: Imaxtree.com

Throughout the week, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, Intermix, and Jeffrey New York will tell us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. Sari Sloane, VP of fashion merchandising at Intermix, loves the youthful — yet polished — looks at Derek Lam, Doo.Ri, Behnaz Sarafpour, and more.

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Touch of Gray

There’s nothing ambiguous about one of fall’s biggest breaking trends: gray eye shadow. Doo.Ri complemented intricate updos with striking smoky eyes lined in black with shades of sparkling silver. Alice Roi’s sultry, ashen style dipped the shadow beneath the eyes. Toni Maticevski pushed the trend the furthest, slathering his models’ eyebrows and temples with gray powder. With so many designers opting for pale faces, these shots of gray add a much-needed touch of color, so to speak.

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Jennifer Mankins of Bird Likes Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, and Reyes

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Throughout the week, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, Intermix, and Jeffrey New York will tell us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. Jennifer Mankins, owner of Brooklyn boutique Bird, files her picks. She loves the Reyes's colors, 3.1 Phillip Lim's eveningwear, Generra's cashmere slouch hat, and Vena Cava's wicker prints.

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Derek Lam Won't Judge ‘Project Runway’

Derek Lam
Derek Lam (the proud new designer for Tod's) showed at the Tunnel in Chelsea on Tuesday and kept with the season: belted silhouettes, high-waisted pants, and to-die-for double-breasted coats. Jocelyn Guest caught up with him for a quick chat on Project Runway and the rise of Asian designers at Fashion Week.

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How Long Will the Tents Tolerate Heatherette?

Chaps!
Another Fashion Week. Another Heatherette show that was a complete, soul-sucking mess. And that was outside the venue. Like last season, we had seats. And like last season, that didn't matter because the setup was such an unmitigated disaster. Somehow every other show at Bryant Park manages to make it pretty easy to get all ticketed parties in distinct lines and in their seats without screaming pandemonium. Not Heatherette. Never Heatherette. And certainly not at a Heatherette show that promised a Wizard of Oz theme complete with socialite Lydia Hearst as Dorothy.

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Ten Things We Liked on Tuesday

  • 1. The trouser trend. It marches on, and we're thrilled.
  • 2. Derek Lam's newly slick vibe, expressed in exposed zippers, stovepipe trousers, and a super-chic, minimalist palette.
  • 3. Also: props to the model who lost a heel and kept right on going, on one shoe and one tippy-toe. She barely missed a beat.

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Yes, That's Catherine Malandrino in the Aston Martin Convertible

Catherine Malandrino
Name: Catherine Malandrino Age: No comment Job: Designer. Her fall collection debuts today at the Chelsea Art Museum. Neighborhood: Riverside Drive Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Andy Warhol. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Steak from Peter Luger. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Designing, drafting, fitting, cutting, draping, looking.

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Hot and Bothered at Narciso Rodriguez

Rachel and Claire
We could never forget our sheer shock and awe last season when Narciso Rodriguez showed a series of men's blazers with the armpits cut out for maximum ventilation. They looked like the result of an angry spouse's scissor-riddled tantrum. This time around, though, we probably would've welcomed them with open arms, like an oasis in a vast and sweaty desert. Because it was hot in there. Mirage hot, unless there actually was a pyramid of Diet Coke cans waving at us from on top of Amber Valletta's head. And it wasn't just the sizzling star power, though there was some of that. The overwhelming heat — a miracle, given the size of the warehouse — left the crowd fluctuating between cranky and mildly delirious.

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Wear Sexy Like a Glove

Gloves
Fall's key looks may be ladylike, but the accessories are anything but. Designers are adding edge to the sweetest of frocks with leather and vinyl elbow-length gloves. The bondage look popped up at Jill Stuart in shiny black and United Bamboo in a metallic pewter worn with a cropped jacket. Carolina Herrera paired her gloves with a black dress. And the grandmaster of trends, Marc Jacobs, sent gloves out in red and gray, as well as solid black, yellow, green, and gray. Whips sold separately.

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Celebrities Tabled at Betsey Johnson

Simmons Brothers
Once we saw the Reverend Al Sharpton at the Baby Phat show on Friday, we figured we'd hit our man-of-the-cloth quota. We thought many things in those balmy days, but never did we guess that Rev. Run of Run DMC would glide into our lives during today's Betsey Johnson show. Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn seemed just as surprised and thrilled, sidling up to Rev. Run for a photo — a request he granted by wrapping his most-holy arm around her. Then, looking especially, well, reverend, in solemn black garb and that kicky hat, he settled into his seat at the end of the runway next to his brother, Russell Simmons, to great applause and cheers from the photographers' pen. He proceeded to grin so enthusiastically at the models that one even giggled and did a few extra shimmies. Who can blame her?

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Paris and Kimora to Form Two-Woman Wrecking Crew

Could anyone be more excited for tonight's Heatherette show than Paris Hilton and Kimora Lee Simmons? Apparently not. We're hearing the pair has demanded that the W Lounge — the area behind the Bryant Park tents where everyone goes to decompress — be completely cleared out for an hour before showtime, in order to allow them the space and privacy they need to change into their outfits. Will they be partying together at Roseland later? If so, we recommend you run for cover — and take pictures. And send them to us. Update: Britney Spears is confirmed for Heatherette. If only Lindsay Lohan wasn't in rehab…

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Video: Kate Schelter Is Working the Puritan Look

Kate Schelter is a fashion consultant who talked to New York's Amy Larocca about the fun of dressing for fashion shows. Though she says she looks like "a kaleidoscope sometimes," what Schelter really loves is Fashion Week energy: "You're just tossed into one big bowl and you create this big fashion salad." Watch the video.

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Coco Rocha Is Cold, So Cold

Coco Rocha
We're freezing. And so are the models, who we've seen jumping up and down and rubbing their arms vigorously backstage. Jada Yuan caught up with one of our faves, Coco Rocha, at Max Azria. How are you? I'm so cold. Soooo cold.

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