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Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Nili Lotan, Anna Sui, and Peter Som

Throughout the week, the buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will tell us which runway looks they plan on stocking. Today, Henri Bendel VP, fashion director Ann Watson reveals her current faves: sexy sophistication from Nili Lotan, menswear cuts from Anna Sui, and Peter Som's reworked American classics.

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?

5 Things We Liked on Monday

1.Oscar de la Renta knows his customer. Today's show was local (held on the Upper East Side) and age appropriate. Loved the cream, sleeveless top with a navy pencil skirt and feathered hat. Very Chic. 2.The punk rock hair at Anna Sui was a hit, as was a purple cardigan worn over pewter ruffled shorts that looked like a skirt.

Marc Jacobs Will Show Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

The Marc Jacobs show was scheduled for nine o'clock, which most of the invitees took to mean that around nine, you might want to think about finishing dinner and heading over to Lex. But instead, at nine o'clock, KCD publicists started working the phones: The show would be even later than usual, don't bother turning up before 10:30. It would start at eleven was the promise, which wound up meaning that lots of people turned up drunk.

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.

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?

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."

Straw Dolls

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The soundtrack at the shows this week could easily have been Van Halen's "Panama," because straw hats were perched atop models' heads everywhere.

Five Things We Liked on Saturday

1. Ralph Lauren's longevity. It's his anniversary, and he showed in a setting — the Conservatory gardens — that salutes his swishy and elegant take on New York. As for a favorite dress, the white Spencer jacket over the white chiffon evening gown was stunning.