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Breaking: Marc Jacobs May Have Paid Dearly to Show in the Armory

James Jackson, the superintedent of the 69th Regent Armory on 26th and Lexington, is accused of soliciting over $30,000 in bribes from Marc Jacobs and other vendors to ensure their ability to hold shows in the cavernous, medieval-looking space. The Armory is used for high-end events like Jacobs' shows and Vogue's Seventh on Sale charity shopping event, though Vogue hasn't yet been included on the list of purported victims (perhaps Jackson fears Anna Wintour as much as we do).

The Donald Hands Out Mints at Michael Kors

There is something comforting about walking into a show and finding Donald Trump already seated and looking resplendent in the front row, as we discovered Wednesday morning at Michael Kors. The Donald was, of course, accompanied by wife Melania and spent most of the show sharing a running commentary with her, patting her leg, and passing out mints to the people around him.

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]

Critics Praise Proenza, Oscar But Wonder About Carolina Herrera, Halston

Proenza Schouler's fall collection delighted critics, even as they considered the clothes too unattainable for all but the designers' "socialite pals." Carolina Herrera's equestrian theme led to accusations of "costumery," Cathy Horyn is a powerful advocate for the resurrected Halston line, and Oscar de la Renta may be contemplating inaugural gowns. Our review roundup has the rest.

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]

Lance Armstrong Fails to Win Back Tory Burch

We thought the Tory Burch presentation on Tuesday evening would be sort of a snore: pretty clothes, no celebrities. Little did we know that we'd find ourselves in the middle of a romantic drama — just the way we like it!

Catch the Red Eye

Our eyes may be red this week from lack of sleep, but the girls on the runway have turned scarlet on purpose. The smoky eye is reinvented this season in shades of cherry. Halston styled a sheer rosy tint to accent a natural makeup look, while Badgley Mischka splashed the crimson color from lid to cheek. Meanwhile, Ports 1961 sent out Jessica Stam in a matte ruby shadow, which has us seeing red all over. In a good way, of course. Related: Learn to do your own smoky eye! Watch this "Backstage at Tracey Reese" video for smoky secrets from makeup artist Mally Roncal.

Non-Runway Models Are the Real Winners

Tonight we overheard the following conversation in the Imperial Vodka lounge, between a male promo model and another random staffer from God knows where, and learned about life as a non-runway model:

Ladies Who Lunch at Dennis Basso

To furrier Dennis Basso's credit, his show this afternoon started only 40 minutes late. Considering the PETA Flyer Patrol outside the tents, the beefed-up security, and an unconfirmed medical emergency that delayed check-in, we found the expediency with which we were seated to be quite impressive.

Fergie Fidgets Her Way Through Marc by Marc Jacobs

Given that its front man is something of a celebrity-friendly designer, we decided to forego the usual brow-furrowing and crowd-scanning at Marc by Marc Jacobs in favor of simply asking a PR girl for a general idea where the famous guests might be concentrated. Looking at us like Marilyn Manson's head had just burst forth from our shoulders — and, we think, erroneously assuming we didn't know the difference between this clothing line and its upscale Marc Jacobs sibling — the event staffer said, "Oh, this isn't the one that celebrities come to."