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Last night WWD caught up with up-and-coming British chanteuse VV Brown before she took the stage at Express' 30th anniversary bash, co-hosted by Vogue and held at Eyebeam Studios in Chelsea.

Brown, who's slated to tour with P!nk in Europe this summer, was featured in WWD back in October. Since then, the 26-year-old's penchant for vintage threads (she has her own vintage e-tail site, teased hair, and lots of sparkles and feathers hasn't waned. Here, in Brown's own words:

WWD: You're wearing bright green lipstick tonight. What's that about?
VV Brown: I really feel like 2011 is the year when people are going to become more eccentric with their makeup, like David Bowie. I think the way that music is going and culture is going is much more eccentric.

WWD: Do you think that has anything to do with Lady Gaga?
VVB: I don't know. I'm from Europe, where people dress like that all the time. We're used to very extravagant clothes.

"No Prenup" by Rachel Hovnanian

Rachel Hovnanian may have used dolls and doll house furnishings to create tableaus for her latest photo exhibit, but the 24 white-washed images that make up "Too Good To Be True," opening May 26 at Colette Blanchard Gallery on the Lower East Side, aren't exactly kid friendly.

In one, cheekily titled "The Collector,"  a man reclines with a cocktail while a woman--clad in a beauty pageant sash and crown--stands stiffly before him. "This one is about what happens when you become a trophy wife, how you just become an object," explains Hovnanian. Another, called "No Prenup", features a young female sitting on a bed, engulfed by piles of shopping bags from every luxury label imaginable--Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Versace--as a noticeably older male looks on. "The shopping precludes these people from having an intimate relationship," she says.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
photo courtesy of Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic
The Darker Side of Green Climate Change debate, held Tuesday night at Manhattan's Skylight West, may sound like a buttoned-down affair, but attendees like Emmy Rossum and Kyra Sedgwick left their tie-dye T-shirts and Nalgene bottles at home in favor of slinky cocktail dresses and sleek clutches more worthy of a Hollywood premiere.

But Maggie Gyllenhaal, who was clad in a Marni blouse and pair of blue jeans, seemed refreshingly relaxed. After all, how long has it been since a real star walked the carpet in jeans?
Debi Mazar
photo by Steve Eichner
As part of WWD's special coverage of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, we polled a slew of boldfacers about what Woodstock means to them. One of the most interesting contributions -- from "Entourage" actress Debi Mazar -- came in after our deadline, so we've included it here.
Nina Dobrev
photo by Thomas Iannaccone
When I interviewed Nina Dobrev, star of the upcoming CW show "The Vampire Diaries," over coffee at Double Crown, I couldn't get over how much she looked like "Entourage" actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Those hoping to score a discounted T-shirt from The Row at this weekend's Super Saturday sale had better have been early early birds. The label, whose creators Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were inducted into the CFDA just last week, completely sold out of its merchandise-save for a lone black dress-an hour and a half into the day-long event. (Most other vendors, meanwhile, still had goods in stock when the event wound down at 5:30.)

So what was all the fuss about? Well, the brand's signature t-shirts were marked down to $75 (from $250); cardigans were discounted to $100 (from $690); and pants slashed to $150 (from $750).

The cover of the invitation. COURTESY PHOTO

Oh, those clever "Taking Woodstock" publicists. Enclosed in the invitations for Wednesday night's Gilt Groupe and Quintessentially-sponsored premiere of the 1960s-themed flick is a single rolling paper and a plastic baggie filled with what looks like pot.
Nacho Figueras
photo by Steve Eichner
When "Gossip Girl" returns this fall on the CW Network, Serena and company will be sharing the screen with a real-life member of the Manhattan social swirl -- Nacho Figueras.

Figueras, who spends his days playing polo for the Black Watch team and posing for Ralph Lauren's Polo Fragrances, will appear on the season premiere, which airs Sept. 14.

I caught up with the hunky Argentine to gossip about the gig (his first TV role), which he filmed this month.

Alexa Chung's wardrobe is now just a double-click away. After each daily broadcast of the Brit "It" girl's new MTV chat fest, "It's On With Alexa Chung," producers will post links on to e-tailers where viewers can purchase the hostess' on-camera ensemble.

When I interviewed Chung back in May, the Brit hadn't yet decided what she would wear for her show's first episode, which aired on Monday. What Chung ultimately selected -- an oversize button-down from Kova & T, Les Chiffoniers black leggings and studded gladiators -- is now itemized on the show's Web site.

Well, almost all of it is: The Snuggie Chung donned during a segment with Jack Black is missing.


Above: Alexa Chung and Soulja Boy on the premiere of "It's on With Alexa Chung."
The Jane Hotel, the West Village's answer to the 'pod-hotel' craze, opened the doors to its ground-floor lounge this week.

Called the "Ballroom," the cavernous space offers cocktails from 6 p.m. on for hotel guests as well as the public. Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kleigman, the people behind NoHo hotspot The Smile, will oversee the operation.
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