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Matt Damon, Star Jones and Joan Rivers Seen at Fashion Week

By DNAinfo Staff on February 15, 2012 8:34am

By Lisa Marsh

Special to DNAinfo

MANHATTAN — Joan Rivers must be a bigger star than we thought, or else she just had some well-placed fans. When the comedienne emerged from backstage at the Badgley Mischka show Tuesday morning there was a round of applause. Perhaps these people were tired of waiting, or better, were told to clap — Rivers did have a "Fashion Emergency" camera crew following her. She joined Kelly Osborne and Kate Mara in the front row, where she appeared to cackle throughout the show with Osborne. Later at the Dennis Basso show, she admitted she was divvying up the collection according to who could wear what. "I thought it was an incredible show: I was saying this was for Giuliana [Rancic], this is for Melissa [Rivers], this for me, this is for Kelly," she told DNAinfo. "We were dividing up the collection and there wasn’t any left for anyone else."

Also making the rounds on Tuesday at Naeem Khan and Pamella Roland was Kristin Chenoweth. The pint-sized singer looked to be weighed down by a heavily bejeweled dress, but she insisted that was not the case.

"It's not heavy. I'm 4' 11" and 92 pounds — I can't do heavy and I can't do thick," she told DNAinfo at the Mercedes Benz Lounge. She admitted she was in the market for clothes for herself. "I believe designers are artists and this is their opening night, but I'm not going to lie — I'm looking for clothes for Kristin," she admitted.

“I tour and I sing all around the world, so I'm looking for gowns that I can sing in. It needs to be somewhat constricting, so you can feel your diaphragm but yet it can't be too tight. I move around a lot and it must allow me to do it," she said, “and I always wear heels. I have heel everything. Even my sneakers are high. I was born in heels."

Former Rachel Zoe assistant Taylor Jacobson was also kicking around the tents with a camera crew in tow, looking to give her old boss a run for her money. “I'm filming right now," she admitted. “It’s about the new generation of stylists for Oxygen."

It was a day for model mishaps. At the Naeem Khan show, a model stepped out of her shoe right in front of Matt Damon and his wife, Lucy. It took her two tries before she got it back on. Later at Dennis Basso, an orange gown-wearing model named MJ took a tumble in front of the photographers, as the crowd reacted in unison with a collective gasp. She valiantly dusted herself off and came out for the finale minutes later, almost making it off the catwalk but then she took another tumble. Fashion can be a hazardous business.

Television personality Star Jones is wearing nothing but red for the month of February. "I’m the national voice for the American Heart Association, hence the red. The sick part about it is that I have enough red dressed to get through 28 days," she admitted to DNAinfo. Why does this not surprise us? When we pointed out that it's a leap year, bringing an extra day to February, she shrugged. "I bought a pair of red Jimmy Choo’s today."

To the untrained eye, or that of the the foreign editor and photographer, the model who bore an uncanny resemblance to Jenna Lyons — complete with Lyons' signature bright red lipstick and thick-rimmed glasses — was an adequate substitution for J. Crew’s actual president and creative director. Photographers were flocking around the model as she worked her way through the brand's presentation at Lincoln Center Tuesday morning. When it was brought to real Jenna Lyons' attention, she shrugged it off. "That’s funny," was all she said.

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