The most creative show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was unquestionably the House of Paul presentation on W. 39th St yesterday. Put together by the head of the Fashion Week technical crew, Paul (who declined to reveal his last name), this year's theme was "Green Warriors." All the clothes were designed, made and modeled by the tech crew themselves.
I went along with a cameraman from New York Magazine yesterday and shot this exclusive video. It's not exactly Marc Jacobs, but without the hard work of these guys there wouldn't be a Fashion Week at all!
Speaking of Marc, word around the Tents is that the former-shlub turned super-skinny designer has been surviving on the 100-calorie meal-replacer Muscle Milk. Apparently the health-conscious hemmer had a case of the new single-serve cartons delivered to his studio to get him through the stressful week.
"Sydney White" starlet Amanda Bynes has been everywhere at Fashion Week. She was the first to arrive at the launch party for Perez Hilton's new fashion site, CocoPerez, and made photographers chuckle at the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge when she posed cheek-to-cheek with Hilary Duff. "Your skin is so smooth!" she cooed to Hilary. "It's like a Snuggie!"
Perez himself was rocking an orange Mohawk hairdo and a vintage Mickey Mouse shirt he picked up on a recent visit to Tokyo. He joked that his new fashion site was great for getting swag from designers. "I do whatever I do to get free clothes," he told me with a grin. "Because I'm poor! But I'm rich in spirit."
But the party of the night could have been the launch of the new collection of DSquared eye wear from twin designers San and Dean Caten. Celebs who crowded the rooftop of their West Chelsea studio included Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Mena Suvari (looking suuuuper skinny), Hilary Duff (not looking like a Snuggie), Kristen Cavallari, Nicky Hilton, Tyson Beckford, Bravo's Andy Cohen, Ciara, Rachel Zoe, Grammy-winner Chrisette Michele and British aristo Lady Catherine Adam.
Designing brother Dean Caten told me the inspiration for the new eye-line was "very Hollywood, very Cary Grant."
Surrounded by a bevy of hunky guys he joked: "And the best part of the new campaign? We get to chose the models!"