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Spanish Hottie Jon Kortajarena Nabs 200 Pages in ‘L'Officiel Hommes’

Looking for something to read, ladies? The title L'Officiel Hommes might scare you, but the luscious Jon Kortajarena on the cover won't. The magazine devoted 200 pages to the Bilbao native in their spring/summer 2008 issue. The 22-year-old appeared in the past two Guess campaigns and in recent Tom Ford eyewear, Trussardi, and Etro ads. But our favorite Kortajarena ad is this commercial for sugar-free Fanta. (Yes, we'll even drink orange soda for him.) In sum, this guy is officially buzzy, and our office is officially no longer cold.

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Karlie Kloss Is Fashion Week’s Top Model

All Fashion Week we’ve pitted the bright-eyed rookies against the familiar runway beauties to determine the Model of the Week. Once again, our complex algorithm took into account the number of each model’s openings and closings at big shows as well as a general buzz factor in the tents.

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Ali Stephens Is Thursday’s Top Model

Thursday’s catwalks were full of unexpected moments. Karen Elson took a tumble closing Zac Posen and Diddy helped her up. Aussie Abbey Lee flashed her nipple piercing beneath a sheer top at an otherwise demure Calvin Klein show. Former cross-country runner Ali Stephens opened Klein for an impressive debut on Stateside runways. She’s our top girl to watch this week and takes Thursday herself. —Kendall Herbst

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Lily Donaldson Is Wednesday’s Top Model

One of our favorite art students turned model, Sasha Pivovarova, hit the runway for the first time this week at Anna Sui. But it was Lily Donaldson (also known for dating Vladimir Roitfeld) who dominated the catwalk Wednesday.

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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:

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Elsa Sylvan Is Friday's Top Model

Though our number one girl to watch, Ali Stephens, has just been confirmed as a Calvin exclusive, there was still plenty of eye candy on day one. Hilary Rhoda strutted the catwalk at Rag & Bone as Gisele Bündchen watched from the front row. Tanya Dziahileva filled in for an MIA Sasha Pivovarova to open the show. But yesterday's winner was Elsa Sylvan, who came off a smoking-hot couture week (where she walked Vava, Chanel, Givenchy, and Lacroix), to open Yigal with a bang.

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The Top Ten Models to Watch This Fashion Week

Natalia, Sasha, Jessica, Gemma — we all know the runways' favorite girls. But every Fashion Week brings a crop of fresh faces. From a former cross-country star to the new face of Nina Ricci, here’s who will be dominating the New York catwalks this February.

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Kerry Heffernan's South Gate Slated for February Opening

Whatever happened to 154 South Gate, the restaurant helmed by Eleven Madison Park’s Kerry Heffernan that will fill the void left by Alain Ducasse’s old eatery in the Essex House? Turns out it’s going to be called just South Gate and will go into the space that was formerly Café Botanica. The latest from maître d’ Marc Mover is that it will start taking reservations around January 15, will start serving friends and family the week after that, and will open to the public on the first week of February. (Ducasse’s new venture, Adour, is scheduled to open January 28.) Unsurprisingly, Mover describes the menu as “greenmarket — fresh produce, local farmers, American style with a little bit of French influence or infusion.” And so the Haute Barnyard tear continues… Earlier: Decent Tables Still Available for Ducasse’s Opening Night

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Carroll Gardens May Get a Swank New Cocktail Lounge — Pending CB Approval Tonight

Does Alan Harding, the king of Carroll Gardens, have a new project up his sleeve? We hear talk of an “upscale cocktail lounge” on Hoyt Street near Union Street’s Black Mountain Wine House. A neighborhood foodie tells us that this new venture depends on the community board, which will vote on the liquor license tonight. Sure enough, right there on CB6’s land-use committee agenda tonight is “Discussion and formulation of recommendation on an on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of 415 Union Street Inc. at 303 Hoyt Street (Block 430, Lot 78) between Union/Sackett Streets.” Will Brooklyn Social or another neighborhood competitor try to protest? Find out tonight.

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