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John Legend Explains What a Straight Man Does at Fashion Week

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Why do straight men go to fashion shows? John Legend gave us the unsurprising, yet somehow appalling, answer backstage at yesterday's Max Azria show. "Watching the models go by is cool," he said. "You do your little 'Would I do her?' analysis. That's the level of sophistication I have towards fashion. I'm not an expert. I just know what I think looks sexy."

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Fabiola Beracasa Parties at Bungalow 8, Wears DVF to the DVF Show

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Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa will file regular reports on her Fashion Week experience. The Fab life is taxing, so we're still catching up with her weekend. Coming soon: Monday. On Saturday, I was sent two bags full of Rock & Republic jeans (which I love) to wear to the show. I tried on about ten pairs until I finally decided on jean shorts and black tights. I went to the show with two of my close friends from London — Camilla Al-Fayed and Jamie Diner. The show started very late, and it was … well, let's just say we had fun. 12:30 a.m. We all went to Bungalow 8 where we met up with basically all of New York! We hung out until 4 a.m., and then we all went home to get some much-needed sleep.

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Girls of a Feather

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From left: Sari Gueron, Marchesa, Thakoon.Getty Images and Imaxtree.com

Feathers are lending a touch of exotic whimsy to the fall collections. Sari Gueron added edge to her sweeping black evening gown with tuffs of black feathers at the neck and hemline. Thakoon punched up his cocktail attire with a feathered knee-length skirt. Marchesa's plumage — the most understated — was offered along the bust for a beautiful, swanlike effect. And while Rock & Republic's Muppet dress did offer an entire skirt made of peacock fringe, it's good to remember less is more.

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The Mystery of the Egg at the Marc Jacobs Party

It was just sitting there alone, abandoned, bizarrely out of place on a black drinks table in the middle of the club Eugene at the Marc Jacobs after-party. Kim Gordon, Michelle Rodriguez, hunky Dan Colen, and the designer himself, wan, shorn, and almost unrecognizable, twirled around it, obliviously. It was an egg. We touched it. Yes, definitely an egg.

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André Leon Talley Sees American Elegance This Fashion Week

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Jada Yuan caught André Leon Talley for a hot moment at Oscar de la Renta. These are his picks so far: "This show, I liked Jessica Stam with the white ermine bolero. Oh, and I loved so much with Carolina Herrera. Carolina's beautiful opening black dress and the plaid skirts with a muscle shirt, like a sweater and a sleeveless thing. And those big black culottes pajamas with the blouse and a sweater over it. This season I'm seeing American elegance, evening elegance, fireside chic. Sweaters with your ball gown."

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Tall Tales

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Designers are marching into fall with head and hair held high. Ponytails have been everywhere this season, but the real eye-catchers are the unapologetically bold ones. Grey Ant moved slightly crimped, frizzy ponytails to the side, provoking eighties flashbacks. At Sass & Bide, hair was put beneath berets and wrapped sky-high up in black ribbons. And Lydia Hearst’s infamously dyed red hair was softly curled and pinned atop her head at ThreeAsFour. Though these styles will keep the hair out of your face, they’re only meant for girls who want all the attention.

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A Volcano Resides Inside De la Renta

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Is Oscar de la Renta as debonair and collected as he looks? As late models rushed through the doors shouting, "Hair? Anyone?" he sat in a chair fielding questions before his Monday-afternoon show but admitted to Jada Yuan he was starting to feel the nerves. How do you feel? Always the volcano is inside. Do you have last-minute details to finish? It will be finished when the show starts. There are always adjustments till the last minute. We're showing, I don't know, 58, 59 pieces, but we had, like, 125. So the most difficult thing is always to edit.

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Michelle Rodriguez Furloughed for Marc Jacobs?

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The many alcohol-fueled antics and violated probations of actress Michelle Rodriguez have made it almost impossible for us to keep track of what, exactly, her current legal status is. And to be honest, she was so terrible on Lost that we kind of didn't care. But Rodriguez may have given us all a clue as to her situation on Monday night at the Marc Jacobs show, when she showed up wearing what looked suspiciously like a police-issue anklet. Is she starting a spring trend of wearing leg jewelry that's the size of a roll of duct tape and about as comfy-looking as a vise? If so, we are eager to see Lindsay Lohan sporting them all the way up her left calf, then tripping over her own lopsidedness as she attempts to leave an L.A. hotspot while flashing a peace sign. Rodriguez offset her, ahem, anklet, with a floaty, seasonally inappropriate strapless white confection. Michelle, has it been a while since you left home? It's minus-eleventy outside, girl. Wiggle some stockings under that leg cuff, at the very least.

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Don't Blame the Naturally Skinny Models

Backstage at Rock & Republic on Saturday, model May Andersen talked with New York's Jada Yuan about anger management, annoying stewardesses, and, of course, skinny models. Thin models, says May, are getting lumped together with anorexic models — a completely different breed: "You're always going to have girls that are starving themselves, and that's not naturally skinny girls' faults." Of course not. Watch the video.

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Max Azria Designs Maternity Chic

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We finally found the celebrities. Or at least knew where some of them were for twenty minutes yesterday at BCBG Max Azria. While prowling the front row pre-show in an attempt to see which starlet would be feeling our wrath this evening, we noticed that Katharine McPhee was scheduled to appear. The American Idol runner-up didn't make it, possibly because it was too stressful to make the trip from TRL — where she made an appearance this afternoon wearing casual jeans and some top that we don't remember — to the tents, where, we assume, she'd have to wear something a bit higher-flying, possibly necessitating a change in the Town Car. That sounds like a lot of work.

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Loosen Up!

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The belted silhouette is finally getting a rest: Loose, short, shift dresses have been spotted in most of this season’s major collections. 3.1 Phillip Lim put Chanel Iman in a peach-toned dress with a ruffled collar. Erin Fetherston’s simple, straight gray version was accented with patterned, sheer scarves trailing alongside. Diane von Furstenberg added a bold splash of red to an otherwise relaxed, basic little black dress. So go ahead, eat dessert.

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Nanette Lepore Has Ohio on Her Mind

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Name: Nanette Lepore Age: N/A Job: Fashion designer. Her fall 2007 collection debuted today. Neighborhood: West Village Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Violet Savage, my daughter. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Steak and fries at Rio Mar, which sadly no longer exists. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Try to make a great outfit. Watch a slideshow of Nanette Lepore's collection.

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Meet the Costume Designer From ‘Zoolander’

And now it's time for some light relief. Here's David Robinson: He was the costume designer on Zoolander — which, as he so eloquently puts it, "is to fashion as the world of spying and espionage is to Austin Powers" — not to mention Pollack and Donnie Brasco. He describes his style as "homeless Viking dandy," and he was interviewed by Amy Larocca for the Video Look Book.

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Jill Stuart's Venue Colder Than Outdoors

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In retrospect, maybe it wasn't the best idea for the Jill Stuart team to hold a fashion show in the frigid marble entryway of the New York Public Library on the coldest day of the year. While those of us who actually showed up shivered through a succession of cute coats, swingy tunics, and the THIRD set of underpants worn as outer pants in the last three days (So is this a trend? Because … don't. Just don't), it seemed like most of the folks with seating assignments just decided to ditch, probably in favor of standing in front of their wall heaters and saying things like, "Wow, it's cold out there." At least 50 percent of the seating in our section was filled in by the hopefuls from standing room, and a good portion of the front-row seats were eventually filled by … Jill Stuart staffers. Now, we're no experts when it comes to the economics of fashion, but that doesn't seem like a very good omen.

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Vionnet's New Designer Says Modern Women Want an Amazing Bust

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At Barneys this weekend, we met Sophia Kokosalaki, the 33-year-old Londoner who has taken on the daunting task of resurrecting the legendary French fashion house Vionnet, which invented the bias cut and was favored by Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and Greta Garbo in the twenties. Vionnet shuttered its doors at the beginning of WWII in 1939, which means Kokosalaki's collection is the first to emerge from the house in 68 years.

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The Rumor Mill: Fashion Blogs We Like

Fashion bloggers are typing away, bringing us the latest rumors and info that makes the Internet worthwhile. Here are just a handful of our favorites.

  • Fashionista is reporting up-to-the minute rumors on the Marc Jacobs show. Dita Von Teese is expected to open the show, and the models will be sporting pink, red, or blue hair. So punk rock!

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