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Spring 2008

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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.

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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?

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Agyness Deyn Is Monday's Top Model

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Day six of our model watch and we're just begging for someone to fall. Not one trip? No buckling ankles? Alas, we'll just have to stick to who opened and closed the shows. There's a cheeky case to be made for Marc Jacobs as Monday's top model, since he sort of opened his own show last night. But we can't overlook Agyness Deyn: Not only did she open and close Anna Sui, she also closed Oscar de la Renta.

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These Ladies Fugging Love Cool James

For the second season in a row, John Varvatos debuted his new collection at the very top of 7 World Trade Center, which boasts a spectacular view of Manhattan and a moving perspective on ground zero. Many of the guests were unable to keep up the usual routine of schmoozing with their fellow fashionistas, instead wandering over to the floor-to-ceiling windows to take a look.

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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.

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Anna Sui Fights Copycats, One Tee at a Time

What do you do when a cheap, mass-market company knocks off your designs? Well, first you sue the crap out of them. Then, while you wait to collect your hard-earned winnings, you make up a T-shirt and give it away at your fashion show. Not just any old shirt, mind you, but one emblazoned with the devious mugs of your nemesis, Old West style. That’s what Anna Sui did in retaliation to Don and Jin Chang, owners of Forever 21, who allegedly ripped off her clothes. The bounty: $21,000. And judging by the number of designs the Changs have allegedly stolen from, oh, everyone, someone’s bound to score that cash soon enough.

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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.

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Video: Padma and Alberta Go Way Back

Intrepid socialite-cum-reporter Fabiola Beracasa hit the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation, where she found Elle's Nina Garcia, Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan, and reality-television hostess Padma Lakshmi (who, long before she was intimidating the hell out of Top Chefs, was modeling for Alberta Ferretti in Milan). Watch and see what they had to say about Philosophy's latest feminine line.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kirna Zabête's Sarah Easley Likes Narciso, Tuleh, and Lam

Throughout the week, the buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will tell us which runway looks they plan on stocking. Today, Sarah Easley, co-owner of Kirna Zabête, shares her picks from the recent collections. She loves Narciso's coral dress, Tuleh's caftans, and Derek Lam's leopard silks.

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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.

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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.

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Rain Fails to Fug Up Alyson Hannigan's Bangs

The burst of lunchtime rain abated just in time for a few of hoi polloi to take in the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti presentation without ruining their hair. Which was crucial in Alyson Hannigan's case, because she merrily showed off crisp new bangs to her gushing pals in the crowd, and every girl knows you can't debut a hairdo when it's plastered to your forehead. Unless that's the look you're going for, in which case you have larger problems than a little drizzle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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