AS USUAL DURING NEW YORK CITY'S BIANNUAL FASHION Week, celebs came to see and be part of the scene. Halle Berry
oohed and aahed at the Anne Klein show; Uma Thurman cut up at Todd Oldham. Over at the Versus show, thrown by Gianni Versace and his sister Donatella, security ensured that paparazzi didn't trip over front-row fans including Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, k.d. lang and Lisa Marie Presley (seated next to Vogue's Anna Wintour). "This is my first fashion show," gushed actress Ashley Judd at the Badgley Mischka show. "I've always felt intimidated by them, but now I feel like a legitimate member of an exclusive club."
Despite divisiveness among the designers (Calvin Klein knocked Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren for staging their productions outside the traditional tents), Seventh Avenue presented a unified fall fashion front: almost all riffed on '70s styles. Betsey Johnson, in a tribute to rocker Patti Smith, showed flared giraffe-print pants and fur kimonos; Cynthia Rowley showed sky-blue sweater coats and macramé belts; and Richard Tyler went back to the future with jersey dresses and patchwork maxicoats. "The clothes were crazy! I loved them," said actress Mary-Louise Parker at Marc Jacobs. Following Gianfranco Ferre's Gieffeffe show, Naughty by Nature's frontman, Treach, ventured that there were "definitely some slammin' new styles—it's all dope." But while MTV's Kennedy and actress Traci Lords jumped at the chance to walk the runways, real-life model Elizabeth Hurley stayed put on the sidelines at Jill Stuart. Asked if she would like to try the catwalk, she scoffed. "No, no, no. I can't walk."