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ON MESSAGE: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand added a bit of political gravitas to the usual assortment of socials in the front row of Carolina Herrera’s fall runway show on Monday morning at Lincoln Center. The senator, attending her first fashion show, came as a guest of Anna Wintour and sat in between the Vogue editor in chief and W’s Stefano Tonchi.

“This industry is so important to New York’s economy and the U.S. economy,” she said, taking a break from chatting with her seatmates. “It creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, it generates billions of dollars of revenue. It’s something that really is still growing in a tough economic time, so I wanted to show my support, not only for the designers but for the fashion community as well.”

The 10 a.m. show would be her only stop at fashion week.

“I love Carolina’s history in terms of dressing First Ladies, being part of our culture over the last several decades,” Gillibrand said. “I think it’s important to come show my support for her specifically, and I personally really admire her designs. They’re ones that I can definitely wear.”

So, was the senator in one of Herrera’s designs at the moment?

“No,” she laughed. “Tahari.”

Democracy in action.

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<p>Patricia Lansing and Carolina Herrera, Jr.</p>

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<p>Patrick Demarchelier and Anna Wintour</p>

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<p>Julie Macklowe</p>

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<p>Jamee Gregory</p>

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<p>Alina Cho</p>

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<p>Reinaldo Herrera and Lee Radziwill</p>

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<p>Fran Lebowitz and Graydon Carter</p>

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<p>Jennifer Creel</p>

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<p>Hanneli Mustaparta</p>

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<p>Lauren Remington Platt</p>

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