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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.

Heath Ledger’s Wild Night: ‘This Is a Party?’

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According to spies at the Dazed & Confused dinner at the Bowery Hotel last night, Heath Ledger rolled into the room with five friends, looked around, and asked the first person he saw, "Is there food?"

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?

Carmen Kass Is Sunday's Top Model

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The big shows — DVF, Kors, Derek — walked yesterday and with them, the big names. Liya Kebede strutted out at Derek; Pete Doherty's sometime gal pal Irina Lazareanu opened Phillip Lim (and had to stand on a pedestal for the duration of the show). But the big winner was Carmen Kass, whose first show this season was Kors. Not only was it a coup to open and close the show, but she almost pulled of the visor look.

David Byrne, Agyness Deyn, and the Fug Girls Take Up Fashion Cycling

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You'd think celebrities would be used to the ring of intense photographers who surround the front row at fashion shows by now. Apparently not: At Narciso Rodriguez, former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne faced down those intimidating lenses by snapping his own pics with a small digital camera.

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."

Jessica Simpson Could Play for the Jets

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For our money, the hottest seat in the house at a Michael Kors show is right next to his fabulously bespectacled mother, Joan. So color us surprised when the blonde who glided in at the last second was not Kors's Project Runway co-host Heidi Klum but instead the increasingly pointless Jessica Simpson.

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.

Fashion Week Eats Its Young

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We feel really bad for Taylor Momsen. The 14-year-old Gossip Girl star arrived at Peter Som too late for any photo ops and had to be ushered to a seat after the show had already started.

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.

Joy James Keeps It Simple in J. Mendel

The latest Video Look Book from the tents introduces us to Joy James, a businesswoman who loves original fashion because, as we know, it "tells a lot about you." So what can we tell about Joy from her J. Mendel frock and custom-made hat? Watch and see.