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Cocktails at the plaza

Fashion week technically starts today, Friday the 13th, but it seems many designers didn't get the memo. Dozens decided to hold presentations yesterday, including goddess gown designer to the stars, Monique Lhuillier.

And, present she did, at The Plaza's historic Oak Room on Central Park. However, instead of the models being positioned on a raised platform or artfully arranged in one area, they milled about like ladies at a cocktail party--albeit impossibly thin, insanely tall ladies. It was a democratic and money-saving move, and the designer gave a further nod to these tough times by pairing her embellished frocks with ripped tights. It was a fresh approach to the typical show format, which, during this time of economic uncertainty, feels strangely archaic.

And perhaps it was Lhuillier's hope that after a few glasses of champagne buyers would be less inclined to look at the price tags.


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