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New York Fashion Week Spring 2008

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Video: Padma and Alberta Go Way Back

Intrepid socialite-cum-reporter Fabiola Beracasa hit the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation, where she found Elle's Nina Garcia, Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan, and reality-television hostess Padma Lakshmi (who, long before she was intimidating the hell out of Top Chefs, was modeling for Alberta Ferretti in Milan). Watch and see what they had to say about Philosophy's latest feminine line.

Lisa Marie Allows Her Daughter to Be Seen With Ryan Cabrera

When a sullen, put-upon-seeming woman in a dress vaguely resembling that of a pirate wench skulked into the Anna Sui show, the guy next to us snarked, "Who is that person trying so hard to look miserable?" We shrugged and replied, "Oh, it's probably Amy Lee, that sounds like something she'd do." Turns out we named that tune. Fortunately, the Evanescence singer magically summoned the strength to smile when the cameras spied her, and the healing glow of flashbulbs rejuvenated ye ol' wench. It was like a Prozac explosion.

Purple Reign

Spring's colors have rocked the palette, from neons to jewel-hued. But one that's a bit more wearable is the purple quietly making its way down runways.

Frédéric Fekkai Teaches Secrets of Painfully Tight Ponytails

Beauty editor Aja Mangum managed to steal a few minutes of hair guru Frédéric Fekkai's time at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. The mane maestro is all about effortless chic this spring, apparently, with a focus on shiny, healthy hair. Bobs, chignons, and painfully tight ponytails are all in your near future, ladies, so pay attention as Fekkai explains how to achieve his looks.

Fugging Federer Steals the De la Renta Show

Anyone claiming to be unmoved by the Oscar de la Renta show is a liar. No matter what your take on his clothing is, the setting — at the Third Church of Christ Science on Park Avenue — was frankly kind of spectacular. Add to that an exuberant live performance from the Polyphonic Spree (who surely could never have predicted playing for a roomful of uniformly blonde Upper East Side matrons) and a spontaneous standing ovation for U.S. Open champ and the future Mr. Wintour, Roger Federer, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a morning.

Bird's Jennifer Mankins Likes Behnaz, Lim, and Bamboo

All week we've got buyers from Bird, Bendel, Intermix, and more to give us the scoop on what spring looks they're snagging. In this installment, Bird owner Jennifer Mankins is falling for Behnaz Sarafpour's earthy embroidery, pleated tunics from United Bamboo, and high-waisted styles from H Fredriksson.

Rain Fails to Fug Up Alyson Hannigan's Bangs

The burst of lunchtime rain abated just in time for a few of hoi polloi to take in the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation without ruining their hair. Which was crucial in Alyson Hannigan's case, because she merrily showed off crisp new bangs to her gushing pals in the crowd, and every girl knows you can't debut a hairdo when it's plastered to your forehead. Unless that's the look you're going for, in which case you have larger problems than a little drizzle.

Intermix's Sari Sloane Likes Proenza, Kors, and DVF

Throughout the week, buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will be filling us in on which runway looks they plan to snag for spring. Today, Sari Sloane, VP of fashion merchandising at Intermix, loved Proenza's tailoring, Michael Kors's colors, and the flowing dresses at DVF.

Video Memo to Derek Lam: Give Cathy a Signature Silhouette!

There was no shortage of commentary backstage at the Derek Lam show: Fabiola Beracasa and Lam discuss the art of balancing his eponymous line with his work for Tod's, Amanda Ross declares Lam's "classic" designs to be among her favorites, and Bergdorf buyers have bought Lam's lines in full force. But as well designed and accessible as Lam's work may be, ever-honest Times critic Cathy Horyn is still searching for something more.

Idol Worship at DVF

Diane Von Furstenberg's role in life is "to make women feel confident," and it's this sort of philosophy that makes the popular designer Fabiola Beracasa's idol. Backstage at the DVF show, Fab chats up the lady of the hour as well as Plum Sykes and Diane's hubby, megamogul Barry Diller — who reveals that his wife steers clear of working on his wardrobe. Watch and see why.

Fashion Report Card: Loving Ralph, But Not Necessarily Rodarte

Fashion Week hardly slowed down for the weekend, and the critics were indefatigable as usual. Ralph Lauren's 40th-anniversary show received universal praise, but the critics got a little crankier at Y-3, and Rodarte inspired another round of the Great Wearability Debate.

Head of Fashion Week Lays the Smack Down

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So we were in the middle of talking to Fern Mallis, head of Fashion Week, about her favorite shows so far and trends for spring when a woman who has apparently been the scourge of Mallis's week sat down in an empty front row seat nearby.

Nicky Hilton's Muse Is Her Jewelry Box

Comparatively quiet socialite Nicky Hilton debuted her Nicholai line last night, and New York was there to catch the magic both on the runway and behind the scenes. Nicky's big sis Paris wasn't present (was getting mocked by Sarah Silverman at the VMAs really that preferable?), but her proud parents were right by her side — mom Kathy was quite literally "speechless" at her daughter's accomplishment. As for the collection itself, Nicky drew her inspiration from bling. See for yourself how it all played out.

Neon Signs

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Are runways taking cues from the nu-rave trend in music? Or Agyness Deyn's June British Vogue cover?

Carmen Kass Is Sunday's Top Model

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The big shows — DVF, Kors, Derek — walked yesterday and with them, the big names. Liya Kebede strutted out at Derek; Pete Doherty's sometime gal pal Irina Lazareanu opened Phillip Lim (and had to stand on a pedestal for the duration of the show). But the big winner was Carmen Kass, whose first show this season was Kors. Not only was it a coup to open and close the show, but she almost pulled of the visor look.

David Byrne, Agyness Deyn, and the Fug Girls Take Up Fashion Cycling

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You'd think celebrities would be used to the ring of intense photographers who surround the front row at fashion shows by now. Apparently not: At Narciso Rodriguez, former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne faced down those intimidating lenses by snapping his own pics with a small digital camera.

Five Things We Liked on Sunday

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  • 1. At Michael Kors, we flipped for the pointillist Seurat-print caftan on Angela Lindvall.
  • 2. The light-gray, leopard-esque dot print on blouses, dresses, and even a scarf at Derek Lam. We'll take it. Also, the elegant satin robe over a sequined evening dress. Finally, a chance to call something "soigné."