Saturday, February 09, 2002

Judging from the first day of shows, 7th on Sixth seems very serious about security. While there are no metal detectors to pass through, the number of entrances has been reduced from 4 to 2, and you do need an invitation to even get into the tents. In other words, the tents will no longer be a 'lounge' for fashion groupies and other fashion wannabees. Fern Mallis was in fine form as she introduced Mayor Bloomberg at the outdoors early morning opening day ceremony, which was attended by many fashion designers, including Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Betsey Johnson, and fashion bad boy Jeremy Scott, who is showing here for the first time. Trying to compare Fashion Week to the Olympics, Fern announced "Let the shows begin"

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