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Volume: The Golden Ticket

Designers clearly had Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on demand this season: Oompa-Loompa-inspired dresses — loads of volume at the hip and nipped in at the legs — are prevalent on the runway.

Dim Lighting Makes Whites Brighter

We hoped that Luella's line would be quirky and adorable. Alas, it was not to be, unless you think a rehash of the eighties is either quirky or adorable.

Fashion Façade Falters at Brian Reyes

For those of us who communicate via hand gestures and scrunched faces, Fashion Week is a real exercise in restraint. Thank God for actress Tracee Ellis Ross, whose enthusiasm broke the mold at this morning's Brian Reyes show.

Stars Skip Sunbonnets, Ruffled Diapers

If there's one thing we've learned in our two days of roaming Bryant Park, it's that there is no such thing as "Hurry up, the show starts in 30 seconds." Our evening began with a 6 p.m. Karen Walker show, her first-ever U.S. presentation. Now, when neither of you is a local and one of you was born without a sense of direction, it's best if the other is not terribly trusting. Sadly, that's not the case.

Waistlines: Going Up

Your panties may be pretty, but next season they're going undercover. Designers are hiking waistlines practically up to the neck. Rachel Roy offered belted ivory silk skirts while Verrier's ruffled number stopped just short of the ribs. United Bamboo's sailor-buttoned black skirt aims high but has a loose fit, so you can breathe even though you're covered up.

Iman Sees Future in Plastics

Barneys hosted the Balenciaga Paris book party on Friday night with stars (Courtney Cox, the Olsen twins), designers (Anait Bian, Nicolas Ghesquière), and three different kinds of caviar. New York's Jada Yuan chatted with Iman.

The Raconteurs Rock Prada

It was a battle to get through the door for the Raconteurs' private concert at the Prada Epicenter in Soho.

Gaultier Visits U.S., Eats Hamburger

Jean Paul Gaultier hardly ever shows up Stateside, so when he descended upon Manhattan, it caused quite a frenzy. Jada Yuan uncovered his surprising plans.

Braving Baby Phat

So far, our sojourn here at Fashion Week has been fun and fascinating and, surprisingly, pretty organized. But no more. The Baby Phat show was a total mob scene — literally: A fight broke out in the front rows while we were waiting for the show to start. Admittedly, after standing in line in the lobby for what felt like about ten years (fine, it was probably more like 45 minutes), we felt a little violent, too. Especially when we realized we were going to be suffering the slings and arrows of Standing Room Only Seating.

Lauren Ezersky, Fashion TV Personality

Today's Video Look Book: Lauren Ezersky, host of the Style Network's Beyond the Velvet Ropes, explains her "spatula and spackle" makeup technique.

Ten Things We Liked on Friday

  • 1. Soft and comfy little leather jackets from Neal Sperling.
  • 2. Chocolate-dipped macaroons at the Yigal Azrouël show.
  • 3. Kara Ross's new line of bags in ring lizard and colored ostrich skins.

Baby Phight!

It was a harried day for 50 Cent. He spent the afternoon in the Midtown South precinct house after being pulled over for a traffic violation. He got out in time for the Baby Phat show, only to wait around an hour for it to actually begin. And then he got in a fight with another show-goer.

The View From the Front Row

1) Wow, we are in the front row — and not to be dorks, but it completely rules! 2) Pre-med majors would do well to sit here for anatomy class; one sheer red Felder Felder dress in particular gave us a clear view of all the model's reproductive organs and their nearby friends. 3) Is that... that's not Bruce Dern in the second row, is it?

Taking Notes for the Stars at Verrier

It's too bad there weren't many starlets at the Verrier show. They could have used the guidance. Instead, we had to look at the adorable array of forties-style outfits and imagine how brilliantly Mischa Barton would pull off the short white shift bedecked with navy Swarovski crystals; how cool and chic Jennifer Aniston might be in one of the two-tone pleated pencil skirts (if she would just put down the cargo pants and basic black, please, for the LOVE OF GOD); and how youthful and breezy Kristen Bell could look in the penultimate dress to come down the runway, a light-blue chiffon number with crystals on the waist and straps.

The Fug Girls: Our First Fashion Show

Today's BCBG show was our very first fashion event, and we feel brainwashed by the pomp and circumstance. So much so that we each seriously considered accepting a free pair of tragically trendy bright-red leggings on our way out.