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New York Fashion Week Fall 2008

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Why Heatherette Missed Fashion Week

At the launch party for Heatherette's makeup line for M.A.C, we got sparkly designers Traver Rains and Richie Rich to talk to us about their absence this past February. Alas, it was all the ugly business side of things.

How We Offended Stylist–cum–Reality Star Rachel Zoe

At last night's Cinema Society after-party for Sleepwalking at the Soho Grand Penthouse, Rachel Zoe took a few seconds between smokes, air kisses, and her BlackBerry to chat with the Cut. She was one of the few revelers uninterested in Spitzer speculation.

DVF: Fashion's New Riot Grrl?

Diane Von Furstenberg — riot grrl? The design genius is now the grande dame behind the latest girl-power movement. Last night, in celebration of International Women's Day (which is tomorrow), DVF turned her meatpacking-district studio into a theater, plastered with Warholian depictions of — what else? — her face.

Marc Jacobs: Now Appearing in Comments Sections!

In the wake of last week's madness, Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn had a moment to catch her breath just long enough to nurse her flu and reflect on the direction of New York fashion. On her blog, she mentioned that illness had kept her from the Temple of Marc — an admission, it seems, that was enough to garner a response from the man himself.

Fashion Week Exhausting Even to ‘Teen Vogue’ Editor

Toward the end of Fashion Week, Amy Larocca crossed paths with Mary Kate Steinmiller, an editor at Teen Vogue. A Fashion Week veteran, Steinmiller claims that “you don’t even realize you’re going from show to show because there’s so much adrenaline.” However, she did concede that wearing heels for days at a time was rough: “Tomorrow, it might be a flat day.” See whom Steinmiller spotted at Miss Sixty by watching the Video Look Book.

Get in Bed With Thom Browne

Were you cold sleeping last night? Are your pockets deep? If so, consider getting in bed with Thom Browne. The designer is looking for a financial partner, according to WWD. He's not saving money on his fashion shows, nor would we want him to. After all, as Amy Larocca put it, "they are the only shows we've ever been to in which the audience frequently laughs out loud." Browne's spring/summer '08 show featured lifeguards and palm trees, and his fall '08 line, as Cathy Horyn wrote, "offered the long-awaited thrill of seeing two men share the same trouser leg." WWD takes care to note that Browne isn't acting out of financial desperation (Browne also designs the Black Fleece capsule collection of men's and women's clothes for Brooks Brothers, and his signature collection is sold at Bergdorf Goodman). Nevertheless, cold, wealthy folk looking for something original to put their money into could do a lot worse. Thom Browne said 'Open' to Financial Partnership [WWD]

The Dark Side of the Marc Jacobs Show and After-Party

Yesterday's punctual Marc Jacobs show was designed to feel like a night out clubbing, with banquettes in the front row, champagne on ice, and art-rock stalwarts Sonic Youth performing live onstage. Not everyone was feeling so glamorous, though.

K-Fed Celebrates the Return of Sean John

It all happened so quickly: an orgy of flashbulbs, a whirl of a revolving door, and suddenly standing six feet from us in the Cipriani foyer was none other than the man, the myth, the Federline.

Rachel Zoe Throws a Tantrum at Marc Jacobs

A spy at Marc Jacobs reports the following:

Rachel Zoe was seen screaming and cursing because she couldn’t get into the Marc Jacobs show. She tried to fight her way in through the bouncers, but they pushed her back. She ran off to her Town Car while the other celebs enjoyed mini-bottles of Moët and an on-time show inside.

Critics Laud Calvin and Vera, Puzzle Over Posen and Sui

At Calvin Klein, critics marveled at Francisco Costa’s geometric minimalism and also admired Vera Wang’s newfound sensuality. Anna Sui proved quirky but entertaining to most critics, while Zac Posen’s clothes raised brows and questions. See what well-chosen adjectives made it to press in our review roundup.

Special Moments Backstage at Sean John

We had a lot of downtime backstage at the Sean John show, which gave us a good chance to hang out with the male models and drink Bellinis (we know, life is hard). Nearby was a makeshift "stage": bright lights and a backdrop, evidently where Diddy had been doing his interviews earlier.

Breaking: The K-Fed Has Landed at Fashion Week!

Hot on the heels of yesterday's rumors that Kevin Federline would be sitting in Marc Jacobs's front row, we have now spotted K-Fed at the Sean John show at Cipriani 42nd Street. If we were the betting kind — and our twelve-step sponsor says we are — we'd say Sean John is just K-Fed's warm-up act (with all due respect to Mr. Combs). If he's here, it all but confirms that El Fed will be sweating out the six-hour wait at Marc Jacobs. As any self-respecting tabloid fixture would!

PETA Finally Gets Aggressive at Donna Karan

When we emerged from the cab at the Donna Karan show on Friday afternoon, we finally got our first gander at some PETA protesters. There were only two of them, but they had gone all out, as apparently Donna Karan is currently PETA's Public Enemy Number One, judging from how people are breaking into her house and whatnot.

‘Times’ Fashion Editor Gets Off Herrera’s Blacklist

New York Times fashion editor Karla Martinez was looking forward to the Carolina Herrera show when Amy Larocca and our cameras saw her earlier this week. “We haven’t been invited for the two years that I’ve been [at the Times],” she said. “I think there were some bad reviews that had been written in the past.” Scandalous! Watch the Video Look Book for more hard truths about Fashion Week.