Fashion-week buzz. Some designers chase it like the Holy Grail, while others maintain that the shows should first and foremost be about the clothes. So when Ashley Dupré, the city’s most notorious (former) call girl of Eliot Spitzer fame, took her seat in the front row at Yigal Azrouël’s fall show, she jump-started the juiciest controversy of the New York fashion season.

“We snuck in,” Dupré said at the show.

How exactly that could have happened became one of the week’s hot topics. As the story unraveled, it became clear that Dupré was an acquaintance of Kelly Cutrone, whose People’s Revolution firm produced the show, and that Cutrone did not want to make Dupré leave when she showed up at Bryant Park that morning.

Azrouël was not amused. “I’m shocked. I’m not somebody who’s following and focusing on celebrity. I’m concentrating on making beautiful clothing. I think we should be focusing on that, and not on the other side.”

The designer wasted no time in firing Cutrone. The p.r. maven and reality-TV fixture didn’t seem too perturbed by the commotion. “We’re all hookers in one way or another,” she shrugged.


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