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Fashion Scoops: Offstage … Vetting Vintage … Fur Exchange …

OFFSTAGE: While television viewers watching the VH1 Awards on Tuesday night got to see the show onstage, the real show among fashion attendants occurred at the bars and in the lounges outside the auditorium. <br><br>Seen hanging out during the...

OFFSTAGE: While television viewers watching the VH1 Awards on Tuesday night got to see the show onstage, the real show among fashion attendants occurred at the bars and in the lounges outside the auditorium.

Seen hanging out during the commercial breaks (and during the actual awards): designers Cynthia Rowley and Narcisco Rodriguez, Vogue’s Sally Singer (whose third child is expected to arrive this weekend), models Erin O’Connor and Jade Parfitt and talk show host Caroline Rhea.

“You gotta take a break,” said Vibe Editor Emil Wilbekin. “Fashion’s all about drinking and cigarettes.” He should know. The editor spent the entire show in the downstairs lounge.

Meanwhile, back upstairs, ticket holders sipped drinks as Midnight, the bomb-sniffing labrador retriever looked for fashionistas who might be hiding explosives in their Christian Dior clutches.

But no one seemed to mind, particularly not Betsey Johnson, who also spent the bulk of the show hanging out at the bar. “I would have been much happier if the screens had actually shown Hugh Grant. I just have a problem being three-quarters of the way back,” she said in reference to her not-so-cushy seat. “It’s more fun out here.”

So what else was on Johnson’s brain? Ralph Lauren.

Referring to his special achievement award and his current spate of magazine covers (i.e., Architectural Digest and Town & Country), Johnson said, “You have to begin to wonder when old people like us get a lot of press. Maybe it’s because everyone knows we could die at any minute.”

VETTING VINTAGE: Saks Fifth Avenue is showcasing vintage couture pieces from Doyle New York in its windows beginning today. About 25 pieces from designers such as Givenchy, Norell, Bonnie Cashin and Pauline Trigere are featured. These garments, along with others from the likes of Chanel, Adrian and Courrèges, will be auctioned at Doyle on Nov. 6. The vintage window effort ties in with a “Vintage Couture Caravan,” in which appraisals of goods will be conducted by experts from Doyle.

FUR EXCHANGE: When Language designer Ana Abdul reworked a few vintage fur coats in her fall collection, she figured it would simply be an editorial piece destined to sell only in her Mulberry Street store. But in a case of cross-trends, where vintage meets arts-and-crafts, Abdul’s hand-painted and embroidered coats turned out to be a hit with retailers like Henri Bendel and Linda Dresner, which placed orders for more than 100 of the $2,700 coats. Now, Abdul just has to get the message out to sell them. To make them more visible, she’s sending out freebies to several high-profile Language customers, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Iman, Gisele Bündchen and J.Lo.

VETTING VINTAGE: Saks Fifth Avenue is showcasing vintage couture pieces from Doyle New York in its windows beginning today. Approximately 25 pieces from designers such as Givenchy, Norell, Bonnie Cashin and Pauline Trigere are featured. These garments, along with scores of others from the likes of Chanel, Adrian and Courrèges, will be auctioned at Doyle on Nov. 6. The vintage window effort is in conjunction with a “Vintage Couture Caravan,” in which appraisals of goods will be conducted by experts from Doyle at Saks’ Manhattan, Chicago, Houston and Beverly Hills stores.