While she may have been feeling pangs of empathy for them, Tyson Beckford, the co-host of Bravo's "Make Me a Supermodel," was more concerned with avoiding the paparazzi. "I'm here to support Max Azria. I wanted to meet him backstage but it was too crowded," explained Beckford. "So I was like 'Oh, forget it — maybe later.'"
G-STAR STAR: Designers picking celebrities as runway models is hardly a new phenomenon, but the latest rumor making the fashion rounds may still come as a bit of a surprise to some. Dennis Hopper is said to be making a special appearance on the G-Star runway on Tuesday. The capacity in which the actor and photographer will make a special appearance remains unclear, but common sense would have him sport looks from the brand's fall collection.
EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL: As usual, the first official day of February's fashion week got off to an early start. Ecco Domani hosted its annual breakfast to toast the winemaker's 2008 Fashion Foundation winners. Foundation winners Elise Overland; Alexander Wang; Réyes' José Ramón Reyes; Lyell's Emma Fletcher; Wayne's Wayne D. Lee; Subversive's Justin Giunta, and Loden Dager's Alexander Galan, Oliver Helden, Paul Marlow, Matthew Sandager and Melissa Vail all turned up to collect their honors — which included a cash prize of $25,000 toward their fashion week presentations. The designers seemed surprisingly calm in the run-up to their shows. "I have had lots of coffee and am ready to go," Lee said of her show, which took place that day at 4 p.m. Overland, who also showed on Friday, dealt with possible runway jitters differently. "I have given up on being nervous," she said. "I'll just drink some Ecco Domani wine."