BEYONCE KNOWS: Women have always loved Oscar de la Renta, and these days, his smitten admirers just keep getting younger, hipper and ever so glam. Word has it that the dazzling Beyoncé Knowles will officially join the Oscar Adoration Club today, when she takes her mega star wattage to the designer’s front row.

IMITATION OF OOPS: Almost 20 minutes after showgoers, including Maya Rudolph and Chloë Sevigny, had cleared out of Imitation of Christ’s show at Lever House, a glass lightbox that was part of a Damien Hirst installation fell to the floor and broke. The lightbox was one of six printed with a colorful assortment of pills for the British artist’s work titled “The Pharmaceutical Windows.” According to a witness who was standing close by, no one knocked over the box. Apparently the structure was wobbly and another lightbox in the installation had already cracked while being shipped from London. Designer Tara Subkoff was busy being interviewed by Jeannie Beker when it happened. “It was kind of scary,” said the show producer Mandie Erickson. “But that’s why you take out a lot of insurance when you have a show.”

MAD FOR MARY-KATE: “Don’t call her Ashley. She’ll get mad,” warned photographers being shooed away from Mary-Kate Olsen at the Imitation of Christ show in the glassed-in lobby of Lever House. Well, no matter— the red-headed half of the Olsen twins wasn’t talking to the press anyway. Although it should be said that Olsen was terribly polite and even apologetic. “I’m sorry. I’m not really answering questions,” she said. Post-show, a rowdy crowd of the aggressive paparazzi surged around Olsen, her friend, and a bodyguard before the trio reached their waiting black SUV and made their getaway.

TALLEY TELLS ALL: It was not a great start to fashion week for Vogue’s André Leon Talley. At Baby Phat on Saturday night, his first show of the season, Talley was refused entry at the door moments before Usher and his entourage had no problem getting in. “It was out of control,” he said at the Tracy Reese show Sunday. “It’s just not about the clothes anymore, it’s all about a party now. I don’t see how they can expect a professional to go all the way downtown on a Saturday night and get treated that way. I will not go [to another Baby Phat show] unless it’s at the tents and it’s at 7 p.m.” After a “brisk bodyguard” told him to wait on line with the other show revelers, Talley left and found refuge at Zac Posen’s showroom, where he saw a preview of the fall collection. “At least I saw fashion, and at least I got in.”

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