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At Phillip Lim, We Guess We Can Be Your Fergie?

The tents are a little less A-list-y from nine to five, for obvious reasons: If you're a celebrity, those are the hours during which you sit around in sweatpants, order your assistants to get you coffee, and figure out what the hell you're going to wear when the real action starts at the evening shows. So at times, a person may feel a little celeb-starved (we should note, however, that if you really keep your eyes peeled, famous folk are everywhere; they're just a little less obvious during the day), and this may prompt some bizarre behavior, like what we saw while waiting for this afternoon's 3.1 phillip lim show.

A Designer Explains the Effect of the Writers' Strike on Fashion

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After the Fug Girls got us thinking about the effect the WGA strike would have on the fashion industry, we caught up with designer Phillip Lim and asked him about it at Repetto's 60th-anniversary party last week. Lim is a well liked, quickly rising designer who has been showing since fall 2005, and is therefore a good example of a designer who is established but by no means on as stable ground as any of the giant houses that have been around for much longer. So what does he think about the strike, which is appearing to affect more and more people as time goes on? "It's about how it trickles down to retailers, how it trickles down to restaurants, how it trickles down to the community," said the bubbly Lim. "They've got to work it out and get on with it. It's almost selfish to just keep on with the struggle." So if it affects everybody, it must be affecting Lim himself, right? "For us, we have a distribution in Los Angeles. Our stores, people we sell to, they're affected by it. So in the end it affects us." And the loss of award shows? "[A presence on the red carpet] boosts business, but we didn't build our business on that premise, so in the end it doesn't hurt us a ton," Lim explained. "We make clothes for the 'everywoman,' you know." Still, we're guessing some other, more gown-oriented designers (Marchesa, much?) would have killed for the opportunity to dress Keira Knightley last Sunday…—Jada Yuan Earlier: No Golden Globes? Now Everything's Fugged Up Related: Mr. In-Between [NYM]

Adrian Grenier Meets a Belle in the Big City

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You’re at a party, sitting bored on the couch next to some drunk Indian guy, when a shaggy-haired, twinkly-eyed stranger ambles up to you. He smiles. You smile back. "What's your name?" he says. You tell him, and then you ask for his. "Adrian," he says. He says he's a documentary filmmaker, along with some other stuff. As he says this, his eyes twinkle, and you realize that you have seen these twinkling eyes before, on the hit show Entourage. Why, it's Adrian Grenier! Immediately, you start planning your lives together. Half the year, you'll live in his Clinton Hill brownstone. Winters, you'll decamp to Los Angeles, with the occasional jaunt to St. Barts, Italy, and Cannes. He asks what you do. You tell him you're in fashion. "That's cool," he says. Maybe he'll pay for you to start your own clothing line, like Harvey did for Georgina! Then he leans in and huskily whispers the thing every woman has always dreamed of hearing. "So," he says, "how about we go home, and I fuck the shit out of you?" Adrian Grenier Pickup Lines: A Play in One Act [Radar]

Belly Dance

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Think shoulders are the only skin you'll be showing next season? Think again.

Critics Love Kors and Lam, Not So Sure on Lim

We're on Fashion Week's last lap, and the reviews are still rolling in: Michael Kors's latest collection receives major kudos and Derek Lam reminds us why he's the industry darling. But why did Phillip Lim draw such a mixed reaction? And could DVF do better?

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.

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."

Life After the Runway: Molly Sims, Hungry No More!

One of the best parts of going to the tents in Bryant Park is chilling in the W Hotel lounge backstage, where celebs sip on mimosas before making their last-minute trips to the front row. Already, the Olsens and Gwen Stefani (and baby) have made appearances, along with Mya and Teri Hatcher. Demi Moore was supposed to come before Miss Sixty but accidentally got swept into the IMG lounge, where she was swarmed by the crowd from a party-in-progress. We caught up with model turned TV host Molly Sims and got the scoop on her shopping habits as well as the meta-experience of watching her former profession from the front row.

The Best Fashion Week Invites: Passports Are In This Year

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Every Fashion Week, a few designers put a little extra effort into the design for their show invitations. Now that we've almost finished sorting through the mountain of invites here at Show & Talk HQ, here are six that stood out this year.

Jeffrey Goldberg Wants a Pony

MEDIAAtlantic owner David Bradley sent ponies to Jeffrey Goldberg's kids to help lure him away from The New Yorker. Seriously. [WP] • Just before the Dow Jones deal went through, the Bancrofts voted to double this quarter's dividend for themselves [NYP] • Murdoch and Ailes's next move? All-out war? (Wait, they're not at war with everyone else already?) [Newsweek]

At Opening, Phillip Lim Is Hot, and So Are His Guests

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Phillip Lim — fresh off his CFDA womenswear triumph and busy collaborating with everyone from Uniqlo to Birkenstock — is hot. And so was the opening party for his first store, the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique on Mercer Street, last night. The stylish crowd loves the endearingly bashful designer and his ridiculously adorable wares — the less-than-designer prices don't hurt — which meant there were throngs in his Soho space last night, overwhelming the air conditioning. The only solution? Quaffing plenty of the chilled bubbly, generously provided by Veuve Cliquot. Even so, perhaps the only person whose hair didn't wilt in the humidity was Anna Wintour — but that's because Lim immediately escorted the editor and her perfect bob downstairs and away from the crowd. Designers and social girls and fashion assistants were all there, as was Debra Messing, who had never met Lim before and tried to stay cool by the bar. The actress was adorable in a pouffed black Lim dress, though overaccessorized with a distracting headband also from the designer. Even with beloved Phillip, there can be too much of a good thing. —Nan Wolfe

Private-Equity End-Time Is Near!

FINANCE • The big private-equity guns are sounding warning shots of a bubble. Henry Kravis and David Rubenstein believe the good days are waning. [WSJ] • Despite the bullish market, Goldman Sachs initiated a "pause" in hiring. Is an industry-wide freeze likely to follow? [Breaking Views via DealBreaker] • Wall Street firms are having trouble keeping analysts because the work is boring and the pay better elsewhere. [NYS]

Michael Wants That Back

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Desperate to ogle some obsolete technology? You're out of luck, unless you want to fly to Las Vegas. Guernsey's auction house will be selling thousands of Jackson Five items tomorrow and Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, but Friday some of the highlights were displayed at the auctioneer's Upper East Side headquarters in Manhattan. Behold, the microphone Michael used in the seventies. The Jacksons [Guernseys.com]