Thanks to the dreaded "r" word that has everyone stuffing money under mattresses, we were afraid this Fashion Week wouldn't bring much in the way of celebrity cameos. But not only did we score big with the generally beautiful weather, we got a bunch of atypical faces in the crowd alongside stalwarts like Sophia Bush and Michelle Trachtenberg. We'd never seen Rose Byrne's thick, shiny hair before; Jessica Stroup, January Jones, Elijah Wood, Ian Thorpe, and Common were all firsts for us, too. And then there was Kanye. We have to hand it to him: If all these shows are just research for his own line, then the dude is nothing if not thorough. So in all, it was a totally successful week, with lots to like and even plenty to love. Here is our semi-annual list of bests, worsts, mosts, leasts, and other random designations we came up with while trying to return regular blood flow to our tired feet.
Call it a toss-up between Ruffian and rag & bone. Ruffian was lively and charming -- Lauren Conrad could take a lesson on how to present a collection of Parisian-inspired clothes without resorting to being so obvious the models might as well be holding baguettes and wheels of Brie. Rag & bone was edgier, but still wearable. We suddenly feel an irresistible urge to buy a slim leather jacket.
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Show in Which We Were Most Likely to Die in a Fiery Conflagration
The Barbie show at the Tents wasn't just a wickedly disorganized crush of angry women, it was a wickedly disorganized crush of angry women and frightened children, making us feel as though we were getting a small taste of what it must have been like trying to get onto a lifeboat on the Titanic.
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The New Sophia Bush Award
This goes to whomever -- like Ms. Bush herself, once upon a time -- we see in the front row so often that we start to wonder if we're doing the stalking or they are. Candidates included relative unknown Alison Brie of Mad Men, who was not only all over the tents but also the actor on that show we'd have thought least likely to amass so many invitations, and of course, Kanye West. But in the end, it is hard to deny Joy Bryant, because seriously, every time we turned around, we saw her face. We half expected she'd pop up on our flight home. Go get some sleep, kid.
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The Kanye West Award for Great Achievements in Kanyeriffic Kanyeness
Remember when Kanye threatened to boycott the VMAs because he didn't win any of the five for which he was nominated? The dude does not like to be passed over, and we don't want to enrage him like that. So we created this award to appease him, and to thank him for being the best Kanye he could be. From the little duck tail to the marching-band outfit to the dramatic last-second entrances to some shows, he certainly earned the hell out of it.
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The Inaugural Joy Bryant
Logic would dictate that this go to Joy too, since her puzzling omnipresence this season inspired it. But someone else actually outdid her. Lily Collins attended at least five big shows in a prime seat, was quoted in The Daily, and attended Pat Field's birthday party -- despite the fact that her main accomplishment in life is being the offspring of the man who introduced us to the word "Sussudio" (yes, we mean Academy Award winner Phil Collins, and yes, typing that still hurts). Well, actually, no -- there are those interstitials she hosts between Nickelodeon shows, and that ballyhooed episode of Extra in which she appeared as herself. Sigh. How could we forget you, Episode 13? How?!?
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There's buzz that, after the William Rast show, Anna Wintour decided to invite Jessica Biel to the Vogue offices to discuss a possible cover. Yes, that's right, the star of Stealth and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, chiefly known these days for wearing sweatpants while walking somewhere with Justin Timberlake, might soon front the country's most prestigious fashion magazine. We are bored and sad just imagining it.
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Worst Missed Opportunity
While investigating the names taped to seats at Baby Phat, we had to squeeze past a man and his extraordinarily boobalicious date in the front row. On the way back, we apologized profusely for the inconvenience, then looked up to meet the dude's eye. "Hey, it's all good, baby," said Ice-T, smiling up at us as we tried not to stare at wife Coco's robust platter of flesh. We still cannot believe we didn't capitalize on his calm mood to tell him he rules and proffer a fist to bump. Hell, we could be partying with him RIGHT NOW.
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Most Regrettable Absence
We don't know who the four mystery divas are that canceled on Christian Siriano, but if one of them was his season's guest judge Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham -- or even if not -- she may regret skipping. Not only was the show fun and full of well-constructed garments that moved beautifully on the runway, but we think that last outfit was made with her in mind. Seriously, can't you just see her swanning into the Met ball (or the supermarket) wearing that sleek, tight gold dress and giant headdress that evokes a snake, all while frowning and clutching at sexy David?
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Best-Looking in Person
Rumors abound of her being less than personable, but there's no denying Lucy Liu is absurdly lovely. Too bad that between Cashmere Mafia and Dirty Sexy Money, she's becoming something of a TV-show killer.
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Worst-Looking in Person
Please understand, we are not picking on Tori Spelling's DNA here. Rather, were just startled at how inept her makeup was -- distracting in person and rather too thick -- and how tiny she's gotten since having her second child. The entire effect was as if she is a tad unhealthy, and no matter how sanctimonious stupid Donna Martin got at the end there, we just want Tori to be happy.
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Most Apocalyptic Potential Trend in Fashion
Props to Christian Siriano for finding inventive ways to please his sponsors, but he sent a vest down the runway complete with special pockets for cell phones, and it actually HAD an unmissable custom square LG phone tucked into it -- something LG touted in literature inside the gift bags. It felt like the fashion show equivalent of doing an episode of 24 in which Jack Bauer spends the whole hour unable to decide which of Ford's fine motor vehicles he wants to use to chase a terrorist to the airport because they're all so good.
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Most Missed Celebrity
We were sad not to ogle many of our old favorites, most notably our beloved Tim Gunn, and her bewigged majesty, Miss Tyra Banks. But the most chilling loss of all was this week's distinct lack of Nigel Barker. Because we are shallow, and he is hot.
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Most Entertaining Program
Isaac Mizrahi always comes up with delightful names for his outfits, but this season, the little card on our seats brought us the most profound joy. The first eleven looks alone contained names like "Horse Blankie," "Un Hapi Happy Coat," "Butterscotch Lozenge," and of course, "The Xanaxer." Never is it quite such a pleasure to do actual research on what we're seeing.
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Best Use of Accessories to Cheer Us Up in These Difficult Times
Yes, yes: we're all depressed. That's why the many whimsical accessories we spied this week -- the bucket hats with artfully positioned eyehole at Narciso Rodriguez! The purses used as hats at Isaac Mizrahi! -- provided such a welcome respite from all the gloom and doom. Don't we all need more purse-hats right now? Bonus points for being something we could probably make at home out of unwanted accessories after a night of too many bellinis. Cost conscious!
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How can Olivia Palermo be so very skinny and yet have such thick, lustrous, bouncy, hair? Are they extensions? Is she just that lucky? Or -- our pet theory -- is there some kind of deal with the devil involved?
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Worst Poker Face
Jessica Stam cannot control herself around Coco Rocha. At Miss Sixty, she cracked up laughing every time she stomped past Coco in the front row. At Tommy Hilfiger, Jessica studiously avoided even looking at Coco -- but then couldn't help smirking at her when forced to pause almost directly in front of Coco's seat to adjust the hem of her dress. We need to get these two to our poker games, stat.
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Best Mistaken Identity
At Y-3, several of the photographers asked Kim Kardashian to pose for pictures for them. Which would be fine, except they kept calling her "Jennifer." Did they mistake her for Jennifer Lopez, somehow? (Or do they, perhaps, think that all women celebrated for their bums are named "Jennifer"?) Kardashian didn't seem to mind, but we bet J. Lo would be pissed.
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Most Tragic Loss of an Open Bar
Don't get us wrong, Gotham Hall is stunning. But when Baby Phat shifted its show there from the Roseland Ballroom, the free booze didn't come with it. How can we absorb all those tiny skirts without the Roseland's terrible well vodka mixed with flat tonic? Sigh. Another proud tradition that the recession has ruined.