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Fabian Basabe Goes in the Back Door

The former "It" boy is relegated to sneaking in the back door of a party. Also in our gossip roundup: Ryan Phillippe's new girlfriend creepily gets the same haircut as ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, and the honor for most annoying book deal of the year so far goes to…

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Eliot Spitzer: Disgraced Governor, Chronic Expectorator

The rapidly deteriorating economy, the five-year anniversary of Iraq, and new governor David Paterson's seemingly limitless libido all may have distracted you from what's going on with our fallen former governor. But news is still dribbling out about the Spitzer affair, and perhaps more importantly, so are sexy pictures of hookers!

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Luxury Revenues on the Rise

Let's take a break from the beauty of Fashion Week for some cold, hard numbers, shall we? LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Polo Ralph Lauren's are in, and they're up — despite the recession. Take that! LVMH's revenues rose 8 percent in 2007 to a shiny $22.59 billion, while Polo's revenues were up 11 percent to $1.27 billion (we know, it's almost paltry in comparison).

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Potential ‘Gossip Girl’ Fashion Show Thwarted by Super Bowl

Antonio Azzuolo
Now, we're not too familiar with menswear designer Antonio Azzuolo. According to the Times' Moment blog, he's worked at Hermès and Ralph Lauren. And this Fashion Week, he showed a line of extremely preppy suits, coats, and accessories under his a.a. label. So why do we here at Daily Intel care? Because according to the Moment, Azzuolo had a very unique source of inspiration. Not something pretentious and normal like, say, "German Expressionism" or "The films of the 1930s." No, no, no. His inspiration was Gossip Girl! Bouncy Times blogger Jonathan S. Paul had the following conversation with the designer:
Paul: Do you watch Gossip Girl?
Azzuolo: Oh yes — we went for that kind of character. Very Upper East Side. We were going to get the guys from the show to model but two of them were at the Super Bowl today so it fell though.
OMG, Nate and Chuck and Dan in a fashion show?? We would die a thousand deaths of joy. What an unfair world it is in which something as glorious as last night's game cannot coexist with something as stupendous as an all–Gossip Girl fashion show. We're sure we're not alone in caring about both. Okay, maybe we are. Chuck Bass in a.a. [The Moment/NYT]

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