Rose McGowan looks lovely in leopard Zac Posen. Photo: Donato Sardella, WireImage

The sporadic Oct. 19 rain had organizers at West Hollywood's historic Chateau Marmont hotel in a scramble moving the CFDA Vogue Fashion Finalists inside to be sure that celebrities from Eva Mendes to Rachel Zoe did not get soaked.

Although the showers showed little sign of letting up, Hollywood's fashionistas still came out in full force.

"The show was wonderful; there is extraordinary talent," beamed Michelle Monaghan. "I am particularly fond of Joseph Altuzarra. He is dynamite!" Monaghan's fondness for the designer was apparent, as she was dressed from top to bottom in the CFDA finalist.

"I'm excited about the mixing of different prints and textures going on in fall fashion," she said. "I love to mix and match, from the animal prints to the florals."

Rose McGowan truly believes in "the price of beauty," she told StyleList. "I'm wearing Zac Posen and I'm allergic to it," she said. "I have a wool allergy but this dress is just too cute. I couldn't not wear it."

The actress then posed in her leopard-print-and-tan frock, her bright red lips matched her cherry red Baccarat jewelry. She topped off her look with a pair of sky-high Brian Atwood pumps.

Always having a flair for the theatrical, McGowan is starting a new trend for fall: "I'm doubling up tights! I like to wear nude or black tights with colored fishnets on top. Right now I have on nude hose with sparkle fishnets."

Mena Suvari dressed demurely in head-to-toe black. "My favorite designer is Yves Saint Laurent," she told StyleList. "I believe in pieces that are timeless. You can't go wrong investing in the classic black dress or a great suit."

Suvari continued, "Los Angeles is a great city and Fashion Week is definitely climbing the ladder here. I've really seen it develop over the past few years. It's more exciting as you see it get bigger and bigger -- it's definitely coming into its own."

Game on! Sharapova wears a bright frock. John Shearer, WireImage

Under the protection of one of the Chateau's awnings, Nicole Richie chatted with Molly Sims and showed off her new bob. Who better to ask about fall's celebrity bob trend than one of the event's sponsors, Frédéric Fekkai?

"Bobs are classic, they are timeless, they are an amazing look," he said. "It is so classic that it's modern and I absolutely love that. The bob has always been one of my most favorite looks."

Meanwhile, athlete Maria Sharapova confessed that she loves fashion almost as much as she loves tennis. "I thought the show was incredible, and it is so important because it gives notice to designers that are up and coming and gives them exposure. Fashion is so expressive and every designer has their own take and their own appeal."

Sharapova is also a designer and has a fall line with Cole Haan. "I get my inspiration for my own line through traveling," she said. "I love street style. I'm always stopping people on the street and taking pictures of them!"

Speaking of designer athletes, read who has a Supergirl line at JCPenney.