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Baby Phat, Meet Carolina Herrera

Andre Leon Talley
Evidently, 'tis the season to soldier along with the unwashed masses. Evidently, 'tis the season to soldier along with the unwashed masses. First Lulu Guinness slummed it waiting for seat assignments at Matthew Williamson Sunday night, and then this morning before the Carolina Herrera show, CNN's Soledad O'Brien chatted merrily with a reporter about the size of runway models while she waited her turn at registration. Less patient was The Young and the Restless' Victoria Rowell, who jumped the queue in order to gain entrance on her own recognizance; all that hurrying was for naught, though, as she then spent the entire run-up to the show standing aimlessly in the aisles waiting to see if she could snag an unclaimed spot. Soledad, meanwhile, was rewarded with a prime front-row view. It's good to see karma in action.

No One's Pregnant at Kirna Zabête This Fashion Week

Amy Larocca caught up with Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, the owners of downtown fashion palace Kirna Zabête, outside the Sari Gueron show yesterday (Beth is on the left). They broke down their outfits — Stella McCartney, Chloe, Jean Paul Gaultier, etc. — and explained why their tradition of exchanging one item of clothing is a little different this year.

Sari Sloane of Intermix Likes DVF, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouël

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. These are the first picks from Sari Sloane, VP of fashion merchandising at Intermix. She's enjoying fall's dark colors, and her favorites include Yigal Azrouel, Erin Fetherston, Diane von Furstenberg, and more.

Au Naturel on the Runways

No makeup
Fall's faces are blank. Don't expect dark eyes or deep lips — the biggest shows so far went for natural looks. Lacoste and Yeohlee showed bare eyes, while Erin Fetherston's girls sported softly flushed cheeks. A few shows offered slight splashes of color like the rose-hued lips at Abaete and Twinkle's lightly violet eyes. Combine this with the perfect pallor, and you'll be right at home with your favorite MisShape.

The Late Late Show: Why Marc Jacobs Is Never on Time

Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs famously makes the fashion world wait for his New York shows to start. And he gets away with it every time because, well, he's Marc Jacobs. But what causes the delays? Season: Spring 2007. Delay: Almost 70 minutes. Cause: The clothes didn't arrive until fifteen minutes after the 8 p.m. start time. Highlights: This was Posh Spice's first show.

Waistbands Shoot for the Sky

High-waisted jeans
After years of creeping steadily south, the waistband has shot up so high that even your mother's jeans will be chic this fall. High-waisted pants and denim hit the runways in droves at Bruce, Grey Ant, Erin Fetherston, and Karen Walker. Grey Ant's wide-legged pair dipped seductively in the back, with just the suggestion of butt cleavage. Fetherston cinched at the waist, with pleating that won't be flattering for all. Bruce's deep blue-denim hugged the hips and tummy, making them even less figure-friendly than your skinniest jeans.

Backstage at BCBG, Dinner at Craftsteak

Fabiola and Max Azria
Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa will file regular reports on her experience of the front rows, backstages, showrooms, and Champagne lounges of Fashion Week. Here is her diary from Friday, February 2. 9:30 a.m. I arrived in my office. 10 a.m. I met with an editor from a Japanese magazine called Glamorous. She wanted to shoot me during Fashion Week, so we agreed to have the camera crew come to a fitting at J. Mendel on Tuesday and also to shoot me at home on Thursday morning.

Celebrities Skipped Matthew Williamson, and They Were Right

Matthew Williamson
Last season, Matthew Williamson's show was chockablock with celebrities (Mischa Barton, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, and Giada de Laurentiis, to name a few). Tragically, this time around, the only repeat attendee that we could spot was Rachel Zoe, ostensibly there to see what loud, shapeless sheaths she could force on Mischa Barton this year.

Ten Things We Liked This Weekend

Weekend Things
  • 1. The eyeglasses at Yigal Azrouel. Nothing like a foxy nerd.
  • 2. Coats at Phillip Lim: There's a perfect little leather jacket, as well as a super-cool three-buttoned, man-tailored coat.
  • 3. Everyone's ingenuity when it comes to keeping warm — such masterful takes on layering!

Alicia Keys Is Bored With Tracy Reese, Life

Generally, being at a fashion show is like watching a really good tennis rally: You're moving your head back and forth, drinking in the front, side, and back view of an outfit before turning back to see what's coming next. Unless you're Alicia Keys, in which case you never move your stare from the top of the runway.

Tim Gunn's Fall 2007 Fashion Week Favorites

Tim Gunn
In between tying up loose ends at Parsons, prepping for his new job as CEO of Liz Claiborne, and checking out the shows, Tim Gunn took time to pick his favorite menswear looks. He found John Bartlett's collection perfect for "the prepster hipster" and thought Perry Ellis paraded some of the best knitwear on the runway, along with "seductive and compelling" outwear. What else did Tim like? Check out his fashion album. Look at Tim's album. Make your own fashion album

Jennifer Mankins of Bird Has a Thing for High-Waisted Jeans

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 first picks — she's favoring Grey Ant, Bruce, Karen Walker, and Sue Stemp so far.

Jay McCarroll and Tim Gunn Still Have Beef

Jay McCarroll is lying low this Fashion Week. His first collection, which debuted in the fall, will be released next month by Urban Outfitters. What's next? Certainly not a reunion with Tim Gunn. We talked to McCarroll at the Gen Art fashion showcase, where he took the opportunity to get his feelings about the Project Runway host off his chest. Your spring 2007 show was great. Yeah. I thought it was good. No one fucking said anything.

Tracy Reese Wants Nature, Better Smells

Tracy Reese
Name: Tracy Reese Age: A lady never tells! Job: Designer. Her Fall 2007 collection premiers today. Neighborhood: Murray Hill Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Holly Golightly. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Anything I've ever ordered at Indochine.

Francisco Costa: Don’t Call Him ‘Metal Mouth’

Francisco Costa
If Calvin Klein's normally boisterous Brazilian designer, Francisco Costa, looks a little dour this week, it's not because he's in a bad mood. He's gone Ugly Betty on us. About six months ago, Costa got fitted for braces on his bottom teeth. "I grind too much in my sleep," he told us. "I was chipping them." No one could see the mouth hardware during the shows in the fall, but since then, he's added a lovely set up top designed to blend in with his teeth. (We would have preferred a full-on metal mouth, with colored rubber bands to match his outfits.) "I can't smile for six months!" he says, smiling. It looks rather cute. —Jada Yuan

The Models Are Skinny, The Media Is Fat

Considering that we're living through a moment in which the entire fashion industry is taking a hit for whether its models are unhealthily skinny, we were very surprised to see that the organizers of Fashion Week have a very urgent message for us writer types: We're fat.

Herchcovitch Goes Dumpster Diving

Alexandre herchcovitch
After the last overcoat turned jumpsuit with crotch-and-bum cutouts left the Alexandre Herchcovitch runway, our strenuously maintained emotionless masks gave way to blinking, speechless incredulity. We couldn't believe what we'd just seen. Woven sun hats? With veils? Shirts made of actual garbage bags? Had we accidentally taken the wrong exit from the subway and gone completely through the looking glass to a world where the crotch seam on pants extends to the knee and people wear blue-dipped sheaves of wheat on their lapels? Were we forever trapped in a Twilight Zone episode titled "Little Hefty Bag on the Prairie"?

Alice Roi Clogs Up Fashion Week

Alice Roi
Spoiler alert for 24 fans: Chloe is going to take up clogging. Okay, not really. (Well, maybe: No one tells us anything. Still, it seems doubtful, unless Kiefer is enslaved by an Appalachian clogging team.) But we decided to start that rumor after the Alice Roi show, at which we were seated near actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays 24’s nerd princess. Although she spruces up very nicely in real life — a pleasant departure from her sourpuss alter-ego — it seems Mary Lynn was inexplicably taken in by Roi’s choice of footwear: giant, shiny, patent-leather black or white clogs, worn with black knee socks.