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Every season there’s a group of celebrities — or quasi celebrities, in most cases — who haunt the tents more frequently than editors and retailers. If nothing else, these MVPs (Most Visible Players) should be lauded for their stamina. Though as Aussie actress Melissa George admitted (at one of the dozen events she attended), “It’s a little exhausting.”
This story first appeared in the February 23, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
JUSTIN THEROUX, actor
Event tally: 13
Thanks to stylist and costume designer girlfriend Heidi Bivens, Theroux managed to become a front-row and party fixture. The actor hit up everything from the Cynthia Rowley and Rag & Bone shows to Purple Magazine’s dinner and the “Quicktake: Rodarte” exhibit opening at the Cooper-Hewitt. Sporting a mix of a studded black leather jacket, gray flannel shirt and one of two monochromatic T-shirts reading “Black Flag” and “Eat the Rich,” his most common accessory, aside from Bivens, was his trusty camera, which he put to good use, snapping the strippers at the Smile, Jacques and Evisu pole-dancing fete.
LEIGH LEZARK, DJ-slash-party girl
Event tally: 22
For someone who loves the nightlife, Lezark sure clocked a lot of daytime hours during fashion week. She sat pretty in the front row of 15 shows — including Hervé Léger, BCBG Max Azria, Max Azria, Christian Siriano and Proenza Schouler — and still had energy to hit five parties throughout the seven days. Sure, she was hired with the Misshapes to DJ some of them, such as Narciso Rodriguez’s bash at the 18th Floor, but Lezark put just as much time in front of the cameras as she did behind the turntables.
CHLOE SEVIGNY, actress
Event tally: 5
Sevigny is not a rarity on the fashion circuit, and this season she managed to make it to five different engagements — including one at hot spot du jour Kenmare, which is coowned by her brother Paul. Her signature pout stayed the same but her stylized duds were always guaranteed to intrigue, whether she was sitting front row at Rodarte or grabbing a back banquet at the Purple Magazine dinner.
MELISSA GEORGE, actress
Event tally: 12
Considering that her biggest gig recently has been a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” George seems to hit the social scene in order to stay relevant. This fashion week she attended a dozen events, and perhaps to maximize photo ops, even changed outfits between a Rodarte party and a Calvin Klein bash.
LEE RADZIWILL, social fixture
Event tally: 3
While not exactly out every night, Radziwill was photographed more last week than she was practically for all of last year. Sporting a black leather motorcycle jacket and dark shades, the sister of Jackie O sat front row at shows of friends like Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Dennis Basso. Her wingman for the week? Vogue’s André Leon Talley.
MAGGIE RIZER, model
Event tally: 17
After dyeing her locks back to the fiery red of her mannequin glory days, Rizer clearly was looking for a photo op or two. And she found them, attending enough shows to make an editor dizzy, including Michael Kors, Max Azria, Alice + Olivia, Catherine Malandrino, Dennis Basso and Y-3, and walking the runway in the Fashion for Relief Haiti show. She’ll be walking down the aisle later this year when she weds businessman beau Alex Mehran, to whom she recently became engaged.
KELLY OSBOURNE, reality star
Event tally: 15
The now-platinum Osbourne wasn’t merely a spectator during fashion week — she actually hit the catwalk at both Betsey Johnson and the Fashion for Relief Haiti show. But it was at Jeremy Scott’s show where Ozzy’s daughter really stole the spotlight, arriving in a full-on Wilma Flintstone frock more suitable for Halloween.