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Model Falls! And Diddy Helps a Damsel in Distress

We almost made it through Fashion Week without a model fall. The surprise, when one finally came at Zac Posen, was that it wasn't a newbie who took the plunge, but runway vet Karen Elson — as she was closing the show, no less. Brazilian bombshell Caroline Trentini helped her up, with help from Sean John (as Diddy/Puffy/Sean Combs is now calling himself) who chivalrously stepped onto the runway to extend a hand. Maybe he's a gentleman after all. Elson later came out smiling with Posen for his bow. —Kendall Herbst

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Subdued, Modest Chic at Calvin Klein

Francisco Costa, the designer at Calvin Klein, takes his mandate as New York's minimalist-in-chief quite seriously. His commitment to the line is admirable: Each of the looks in today's collection could've been cut with laser. The palette was navy, black, and gray; any bits of flash were subdued, in some cases beneath a layer of sheer cashmere.

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Critics Hail Marchesa and Marc by Marc Jacobs

Perhaps giddy from the unseasonable weather, critics were warm to Michael Kors and Rodarte and practically red-hot with lust for Marchesa and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Consider these adjectives (used in reviews) in order of increasing positivity: “almost camp,” “high-polish,” and “exuberant.” Find out which designer drove critics to the thesaurus in our review roundup.

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Vera Wang Gets Heavy

Vera Wang's ready-to-wear collection is, unlike her bridal and red-carpet pieces, intensely personal. Wang has spent her entire adult life obsessed with fashion, and these are the clothes she wants to make because she dreamed them.

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The Shining

Fall's runways were glittering with more than just A-list celebs. Sequins — which popped up last season — have stuck around for another go.

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Bright Colors, Cool Necklaces, and Happy Vibes at Zero Maria Cornejo

There was something really special about Zero Maria Cornejo's show yesterday afternoon, held in the designer's new, unfinished store on Bleecker Street. We were far away from the tents, it was balmy outside, and inside, the white-box space was simple and lovely, with daylight streaming in the windows. We were already feeling fuzzy, and that was before the clothes even appeared — though once they did, we were a little mesmerized.

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Booty Call

Just when we thought ankle booties would stay the reigning “It” shoe, classic, comfy flat boots hit the runways in droves.

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Derek Lam Articulates Feminine Luxury

Fashion can be mercilessly fickle: Designers are quite often dismissed just as soon as they're discovered. So thank God for Derek Lam, who has slowly, methodically, and quietly worked his way toward a collection that is now a mainstay of what we consider American fashion.

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Michael Kors Designs for the Gossip Girls

Much of the blondest hair in New York can be found in the front row at a Michael Kors fashion show. Kors, who is a master of the campy one-liner, is something of a court designer to those women who are so fortunate as to maintain a nutty brown complexion twelve months a year without ever visiting a tanning salon. He knows exactly how to show off those Palm Beach tans and blonde, blonde hair, making them shine and making them look their best.

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Tie Me Up

While bows tend to be ultrafeminine embellishments, designers are transforming them into sleek, urban additions on the runway this week. Proenza Schouler swept a chic white bow atop a traditional silk white blouse, while Thakoon tied a printed pattern variation around Coco Rocha’s navy belted coat. Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs fastened his knot front and center for a new spin on the classic black cocktail dress at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Come fall, we’ll be fit to be tied.

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Breaking: Marc Jacobs May Have Paid Dearly to Show in the Armory

James Jackson, the superintedent of the 69th Regent Armory on 26th and Lexington, is accused of soliciting over $30,000 in bribes from Marc Jacobs and other vendors to ensure their ability to hold shows in the cavernous, medieval-looking space. The Armory is used for high-end events like Jacobs' shows and Vogue's Seventh on Sale charity shopping event, though Vogue hasn't yet been included on the list of purported victims (perhaps Jackson fears Anna Wintour as much as we do).

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Video: Resurrecting the Flapper Backstage at Monique Lhuillier

New York’s Jada Yuan took cameras backstage at Monique Lhuillier to capture the preparations for the designer’s flapper-inspired show. The makeup artist sought “poetic glamour” with — you guessed it — a smoky eye. The hairstylist nixed short-haired girls. And the designer herself had a preshow freak-out that lasted five days. Watch the video to see the drama for yourself. Video: Backstage at Monique Lhuillier [NYM Video]

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