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Jimmy Cayne Just Wishes Everyone Would Chill Out

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Bear Stearns CEO Jimmy Cayne has sent out a company-wide e-mail, defending his conduct personally and professionally against yesterday's Wall Street Journal profile that portrayed him as a stoner and kind of a dick (But in an awesome way.) DealBook got ahold of the e-mail: "I remain, as I have been for many years, intensely focused on our business," Cayne wrote. "Don't be distracted by the noise. I am certainly not." Soon after the memo was sent, Bear Stearns employees heard strains of Pink Floyd's "Hey You" emanating from the corner office.

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Waistbands Shoot for the Sky

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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.

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

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

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Fashion Week Report Card: Debutante Edition

A number of new designers took their first bow on the runway this season. Which ones became instant stars? Did Phillip Lim live up to the hype? We round up the critics' reviews of the important young shows so far. Thakoon is an early leader, while Marchesa and Verrier are tied as the biggest losers.

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Volume: The Golden Ticket

Designers clearly had Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on demand this season: Oompa-Loompa-inspired dresses — loads of volume at the hip and nipped in at the legs — are prevalent on the runway.

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Stars Skip Sunbonnets, Ruffled Diapers

If there's one thing we've learned in our two days of roaming Bryant Park, it's that there is no such thing as "Hurry up, the show starts in 30 seconds." Our evening began with a 6 p.m. Karen Walker show, her first-ever U.S. presentation. Now, when neither of you is a local and one of you was born without a sense of direction, it's best if the other is not terribly trusting. Sadly, that's not the case.

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