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PREP SCHOOL PARTY: Charlotte Russe feted its fall collection at the Openhouse Gallery in New York’s SoHo last week, showcasing three new looks: “Brit Punk,” “Girly Grunge” and “Heirloom Romance,” all of which corresponded to groups of heavily made-up models that either shimmied onstage or poured imaginary cups of tea, depending on their look.
It seems Charlotte Russe has much to celebrate: the new collaborations with Kitson LA and denim brand People’s Liberation, as well as the employment of stylist Eric Daman, the “Gossip Girl” costume designer who attracted several of the show’s stars to the event. Michelle Trachtenberg and Jessica Szohr were grappled and playfully tossed about by an excited Daman, which left Trachtenberg almost face-planting on the red carpet. The two CW stars spent the rest of the night chatting on a banquette with a somber Rumer Willis.
Ali Lohan, coltlike in a mishmash of designer labels, was persuaded to spit out the gum in her mouth before speaking to reporters on the red carpet as her mother, Dina, struck poses by nearby mannequins for photographers. Elsewhere, Christian Serratos, a recent New York transplant and one of the stars of “Twilight,” was gleeful. “This is my first bona fide New York event,” she squealed. “I don’t feel like a tourist today.”
Meanwhile, Stephanie Pratt of “The Hills” was the last to arrive, showcasing her alleged recent rhinoplasty. With all the famous teenyboppers in attendance, one guest declared, “I think Charlotte Russe is on the upswing.” Then a “Brit Punk” model promptly began to play the air guitar and nearly punched a nearby waiter in the head.