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Samuel L. Jackson at a Motherfugging Y-3 Show

Thematically, the Y-3 show was all about the downpour: Fake thunder rolled, minions turned a hose on the runway to create puddles, and simulated rain poured outside and down the walls of the artsy Chelsea space. Unfortunately, this cleansing drizzle didn't reach the ratty head of actor Vincent Gallo, who sat front row in his personal grease puddle. At first Gallo just stared menacingly into middle distance, scratching his matted beard, seemingly in the midst of plotting the best way to rip off someone's extremities with his teeth. But then Gallo turned cheerful, and we soon saw why: A wee Lord & Taylor bag — clearly swag from another show — dangled from his claws. Obviously, the sweet fumes of a department-store gift card were lifting his dour mood. We're sure he was positively dizzy with the prospect of going necktie shopping.

Demi Brings Her Ashton for Your Pleasure

As far as celebrity sightings go, the Diesel show was shaping up to be pretty dim. Things were running 30 minutes late, and nearly everyone had taken his seat, but all the photographers and camera folk were arranged in a phalanx on the runway, each of them hopefully gazing into the distance. They were clearly waiting for an apparition, and they stood in this anticipatory formation for at least ten minutes. We began to wonder who could possibly be important enough to require such special treatment. Madonna? Vice-President Dick Cheney? Perhaps Jesus Himself? Or would it be someone totally anticlimactic, someone we’d already seen multiple times? Like, say, Demi Moore?

Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Vera, Chaiken, and Phi

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, Ann Watson, vice-president, fashion director for Henri Bendel has her eye on Vera's pitch-perfect modernity, Chaiken's tailored suits, and PHI's mini skirts.

J-Vanka Love Train Chugs Through the Tents

Here at New York, we take great pleasure in chronicling the blossoming young love between Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, also known as J-Vanka. During this Fashion Week, we’re happy to report that their saga continues, albeit a bit glacially. The latest “development”: Kushner and Trump hit the tents together on Friday to see the Max Azria collection.

Donatella Hates Flats, Tinsley Loves Donatella’s Touch

It wouldn't be Fashion Week if the Europeans weren't descending to promote something or pick up an award or simply swan about, then disappearing just as quickly as they'd come. Following in the wake of the Alber Elbaz's New York flyby was Donatella Versace, who somehow managed to get Mischa Barton and Demi Moore to take time off from their busy showgoing schedules to pop into Versace flagship earlier this week, hitting the private sixth-floor space for Versace's luncheon. The event was held in honor of Versace's HIT bag, a hot leather number that was Donatella's favorite from this year's line, and the fashion house's first ever Official "It" Bag. (Guess they've learned from Balenciaga that if you name something the most awesome bag of the season, the orders will simply come.)

Janet Is a Part of the Fedora Nation

It doesn't make us proud, but we couldn't help ourselves: So much has been made in the tabloids of Janet Jackson's fluctuating weight that when we first saw her at show, we did a quick check to size up which salacious stories were accurate. We're pleased to report that Miss Jackson–if–you're–nasty appeared healthy, neither too tiny nor carrying the 30 extra pounds people seem to think she's packing. She did, however, wear a fedora with a small feather tucked into the band, giving her look a distinct and sort-of-forced air of Lady Mobster. So … we guess we'll be calling her Miss Jackson.

Life After the Runway: Molly Sims, Hungry No More!

One of the best parts of going to the tents in Bryant Park is chilling in the W Hotel lounge backstage, where celebs sip on mimosas before making their last-minute trips to the front row. Already, the Olsens and Gwen Stefani (and baby) have made appearances, along with Mya and Teri Hatcher. Demi Moore was supposed to come before Miss Sixty but accidentally got swept into the IMG lounge, where she was swarmed by the crowd from a party-in-progress. We caught up with model turned TV host Molly Sims and got the scoop on her shopping habits as well as the meta-experience of watching her former profession from the front row.

J.Lo, Tinsley Play It Cool at Just Cavalli

Just Cavalli
We tried our very hardest to navigate the poorly ventilated clusterfuck that was the opening of Just Cavalli’s new flagship on 53rd and Fifth — a human smorgasbord of A-listers, models, and hangers-on — but the overstuffed room, sweaty attendees, and police-regulated crowd out front made that nearly impossible. Diane Kruger arrived with her equally attractive Dawson’s Creek alum–slash–boyfriend, Joshua Jackson. She was swarmed by photographers; he chatted with us. “Well, I’ve got nothing better to do, right?” he said. Josh swears he’s not into fashion: “I own all these things, but I didn’t put any of this together. That’s Diane’s job. I’ve basically regressed to a 5-year-old boy.”

Kirna Zabête Likes Thakoon, Proenza, and Fetherston

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 Thakoon's paillette dresses, all of Proenza, and Erin Fetherston's palette.

If Kimora's Your Boss, Spell Her Name Right

Baby Phat
Someone misspelled Kimora Lee Simmons’s name as “Kimmora” beneath the logo for her KLS couture line last night at the Baby Phat after-party. No one noticed, so we pointed it out to Kimora when she arrived. "Where?!" she said, turning around. "I'll be Kimmy-mora for tonight. It's fine, it's no big deal. It’s just an extra 'm' — it stands for 'million.'" she said, explaining: "My lovely ad agency did that, and I guess it was some internal problems in the office, and I said, 'Well, did you misspell the name when I paid your check?'"

Backstage at Proenza, Find a Natural Look

New York's beauty and market editor Aja Mangum sneaked backstage at one of the biggest shows this week — Proenza Schouler — to talk to Lancôme's Gucci Westman. Brown was the new black for faces, she says, with a natural look prevailing. Want to know what else the Jack and Lazaro thought up? Watch the video. Backstage at Proenza Schouler [Video]

Skirting the Issue

Full Skirts
Models’ hips may have a circumference smaller than our thighs, but their skirts don't. This spring it’s all about full skirts — the bigger, the better. Vera Wang’s purple-blue skirt is a fresh take on Dior's new look. Behnaz Sarafpour's belted dresses add just enough volume to be sexy — not hippy. Thakoon’s bright-pink skirt ballooned down the runway, making this spring a rare gift to big bottoms.

Raquel Zimmermann Is Friday's Top Model

Friday Models
It's day three of the model walk-off and things are getting heated. Missy Rayder gets an honorable mention for one helluva comeback, popping up in the amazing Proenza show. Let's hear it for the Americans! But top honors go to Brazilian stunner Raquel Zimmerman, whose first opening show this season was also at Proenza. Jack and Lazaro know how to pick them. We can’t argue with that.

Fashion Report Card: Alexander Wang Divides, Preen Impresses in Debut

rag & bone, Lila Rose, and Preen
Could Alexander Wang live up to heightening hype? Some critics were cold and unimpressed. But Preen was welcomed in America with all but a parade down Fifth Avenue. Lela Rose's Katherine and Audrey Hepburn theme proved puzzling, and rag & bone veered too far from what they do best. Who else got slammed?

Jeremy Piven Falls Over Petra Nemcova at Prada

Piven, Tyler, Nemcova
Of all the Fashion Week parties, the Prada-store event will always be good. They couldn't possibly top their last big Fashion Week bash with the Raconteurs, but we figured they might come close. And they did, sort of. We'd been looking forward to hearing Damien Hirst's formerly crack-addicted "maverick fucking geezer" friend Antony Green and his band the Hours play beneath a mockup of Hirst's $100 million skull. But pretty much from the second they started, we started to doze off. There were soundboard issues, and the music did not rock. Instead, we counted the celebs who had been able to squeeze their tiny bodies onto the steps opposite the stage (which is right in front of that big curvy thing in the middle of the store). Quite a few, it turned out.

Video: Backstage, Everyone's Rooting for Thakoon

Backstage at Thakoon
With our cameras in tow, fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa hit the Thakoon show and found several of the designer’s fans. Filmmaker Liz Goldwyn told of one Thakoon dress she has taken around the world. Mary Alice Stephenson, former fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, gleefully recalled being Thakoon’s boss before the fashion assistant grew up to be a designer. Find out who else was there by watching the video.

Proenza Schouler Show More Fun Than Your GYN Appointment

Krya Sedgwick
Proenza Schouler moved uptown to the magnificent Park Avenue Armory this year, and their fans came with them. We spotted the usual cadre of interchangeable blonde fashion editors, a sprinkling of socialites (including Aerin Lauder and avowed Proenza lover Jessica Joffe, who was wearing the same outfit she had on at the 11 a.m. Sari Gueron show — scandale!), and, of course, Anna Wintour, this time with daughter Bee Shaffer in tow.

Five Things We Liked on Friday

Five Things
  • 1. Vera Wang’s beautiful, practically poetic knits: The backs were replaced with panels of sheer, flowing chiffon.
  • 2. Sari Gueron! We loved the bright, Calder-inspired primary-colored tunics and mini-dresses, and jet beading on black seems like just the right amount of shine for evening.

Video: Get Sexy Backstage at Max Azria

Fab at BCBG
Fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa was backstage at BCBG Max Azria with a camera. See what the designer himself considers to be “relatively romantic” and find out what celebrity Arden Wohl saw at her first fashion show. And which pieces of the "sexy, sensual lingerie" will Molly Sims order?

Fruit Lips

Stylists ditched the traditional red and peachy pink makeup this season, instead opting for more vibrant colors. Lips went the way of tangerines, creating a shocking — yet wholly intriguing — look that was fresh and fun.