By  on September 12, 2005

"I can't hear a word you're saying," Barneys New York's chief executive Howard Socol shouted as the sounds of Usher's "Yeah!" blared through the speakers. Indeed, it was one of those nights Friday as Tommy Hilfiger swept into Crobar for the after party of his spring 2005 show. Paris Hilton arrived at the stroke of midnight flanked by bodyguards who were dressed like members of the Secret Service. Then came Jesse Metcalfe of "Desperate Housewives," who was wearing a Mr. T-like gold cross around his neck and refusing to answer questions. Finally, the Black Eyed Peas took to the stage and performed a one-hour photo-op concert dressed head to toe in Tommy Hilfiger gear.

"I've been supporting these guys since before they were big," said Hilfiger. "And Fergie's the next Gwen Stefani. Mark my words. She's going to be huge."

But while the celebrities were unavailable — Hilton was ushered to a private VIP area, where she boogeyed with Hilfiger — Fabian Basabe was more than happy to answer questions. "I just got back to New York, so I'm playing house with my wife," explained the young socialite, who is starring in a new reality show called "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," which he said is on E! on Sundays at 10 p.m. "It's amazing. The funniest thing is that all of us on the show have had incidents and I mean, that was just the cowboy in me."

He was referring, of course, to his drunken fight in a Hamptons nightclub this summer, in which he hurled racial epithets at a bunch of the security guards.

Basabe also wanted people to know that he is not a complete attention junkie. "I almost didn't do the show," he said. "My agent at CAA told me not to do it, but then he repackaged the show and made it respectable. I've learned a lot about the press. I've been writing for Gotham Magazine."

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