Once upon a time, Fashion Week was a celebrity free-for-all where nobody seemed to care if the marriage between star and show made sense, just as long as there were flashbulbs. How else do you explain Mary-Kate Olsen at Rock & Republic, or Miss Sixty(whose apocalyptic jumpsuits once made model Jessica Stam crack up while she was walking the runway) luring the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Demi Moore, Hilary Swank, and — most inexplicably of all — rumpled male hottie Clive Owen? There’s a reason it’s not called Mister Sixty, good sir. But in recent seasons, we’ve returned to a more rational place where the front-row faces actually coalesce with the vibe of the brand they’re supporting. And in that spirit, we’ve identified a crop of new (to us, or to Fashion Week) celebrities we'd like to see take a turn at the tents, and matched them to a brand that would be smart to court them. Not that we wouldn’t relish seeing, say, Dame Judi Dench sitting front row at bebe. But New York City did just have an earthquake and a hurricane — an apocalypse on top of that would be terrible timing.
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