Fashion Week Part 1

Whether it's an invite to the Chanel sample sale or tickets to a tiny Kate Nash show, there are some invitations you simply can't turn down. So when opportunity emailed (knocking's so archaic) and offered amazing access to the Fall 2008 shows in New York, we booked our flights immediately. Fashion Week was brilliant-thanks to the truly amazing designers, stylists, and publicists who helped it all happen-and we can't wait to share the brightest talents, trends and looks we found. But before we give you the goods on our experience, we thought we'd kick off our Fashion Week coverage with an extra large serving of What They Wore. Over the next few days we'll show you the most interesting and relevant outfits worn to fashion shows, parties, and presentations starting!

It only seems appropriate to kick off our Fashion Week stories with a model, so first up we have the lovely catwalker. Anouck Lepere. She chose a floral dress, black gladiators, and bright red tights for the Joie/Serge Azria party at the Gramercy Park Hotel. A holy trinity of pretty young things hosted the fete: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Theodora Richards, and Lily Donaldson (more on that in a moment). We're not sure if they're pals or if some enterprising photog and/or publicist created this moment, but Fergie and Rihanna were spotted together at the well-attended Max Azria show. While the Ferg normally goes for an involved look, for this show she stuck to a typical editor ensemble of all black, including some super dark Cartier shades and tote. Rihanna went for a bit more of a statement with slouchy boots and a plaid coat (by Max Azria, of course). Next, we have the aforementioned Theodora Richards who burnished her sleek style reputation by selecting a monochromatic outfit for the Joie/Serge Azria party. According to the folks at Fashion Week Daily (download their delightfully witty Daily mini-mag, it's perfection), Richards' wore gold American Apparel leggings and a vintage Pierre Cardin top. Richards wasn't the only gorgeous gal with a famous last name around town. The equally inspiring Margherita Missoni attended Erin Fetherston's show clad in her signature bohemian garb.

Our favorite French belle, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, wowed as usual in Azzedine Alaia at the Joie/Serge Azria shindig. You really have to hand it to her; the girl has an unshakeable and flawless sense of style. Speaking of people who bring their personal taste to every outfit, let's discuss Ally Hilfiger. The darling, down-to-earth, and personable girl made the rounds this week and attended every hot show. Seen here at the Joie/Serge Azria bash, Hilfiger's perfectly broken in little leather and romantically ruffled dress make for an excellent outfit. Sadly, this shot doesn't show the stupendous oversized glasses she donned at many shows, but perhaps we'll get to show them in a future story. Chloe Sevigny really has her ducks in a row. Not only is she the style advisor for UK ELLE, she's also got a line of clothing in Opening Ceremony stores now and made it to many of Fashion Week's most coveted festivities. Seen here at the launch party for her Opening Ceremony Collection at Webster Hall, we must mention how much we like her sock/shoe combo. Finally, we'll close our first installment of fashion week looks the way we started-with a model. Our closing figure belongs to Natasha Poly, who chose a look from Proenza Schouler's Spring 08 runway for the amfAR Gala.

And with that we'll bid you adieu for now. Stay tuned for more gorgeous garb from Fashion Week as seen on's favorite trendsetters.

Photos of Ally, Anouck, and Theodora, Wireimage. Photos of Natasha and Margherita, Infgoff