Star Gazing

As usual, the clothes won't be the only things on display during the collections. Celebrity-astronomers are in for a virtual galaxy of stars. Reportedly, Julia Roberts will be at Todd Oldham and DKNY if she's done with filming for "Pret-a-Porter." Oldham may also host country singer Dwight Yoakum and his MTV veejay girlfriend, Duff, while DKNY is saving spots for Sting and Trudi Styler, Juliette Lewis and Rosie Perez. Perez, it seems, is going to be one busy lady, with other scheduled stops at Ghost and Kalinka, and requests for tickets for Oldham and Richard Tyler. More of the diva contingent will be turning out for Ghost -- the guest list already includes Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Neneh Cherry and Juliana Hatfield, along with Jaye Davidson, Amanda Donohoe and Quentin Crisp, of course. Kalinka is finding seats for Vanessa Williams and Suzanne Vega, and may do a last minute scramble for fans Demi Moore and Farrah Fawcett. And Calvin Klein will have his share of showstoppers -- Carey is a definite for the Collection show, with Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan strong possibilities.

Foreign Exchange

They're back.

Despite a list of complaints from last season that ranged from chaos at the door and leaky tents to fashion that wasn't worth the trip, the foreign fashion press is flocking to cover New York's fall collections -- even if the clothes aren't always available at home.

It seems that the Bryant Park shows have ushered in a new era of interest and respect for the American designer market, both from international editors and their readers.

Until last season, British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman felt that New York simply reinterpreted Paris and Milan. But when she spotted some unique trends -- in the form of athletic-inspired looks -- on the spring runways, her opinion changed. "Whatever the designers do, it's important to see what is going on because in the U.K. there is an enormous American influence on the mainstream," she said. "What's great about going to New York isn't just the shows. It's seeing what's going on there generally."

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