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Harvey Weinstein had a surprise up his sleeve for Halston's relaunch on Monday.

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MCM TAKES MANHATTAN: MCM, the Munich-based accessories brand that relaunched in the U.S. in the fall, plans to open its first U.S. store at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The 1,000-square-foot unit is to open in April and will be in the company of Kenneth Jay Lane, Montblanc and Rachel Roy, which are also opening stores in the hotel.

DESIGNER LOYALTY: Young designers, pay attention! Bribing celebrities is not the only way to get them to sit through your fashion show. Case in point: Piper Perabo, who turned up at Peter Som Monday morning simply as a fan and who will hit Behnaz Sarafpour's show tomorrow. How did Sarafpour win Perabo's loyalty? The ever-conscientious designer was there at her showroom to help Perabo pick out a dress to wear last season. As for the actress' new short do, she said: "It's not for a role. It's just for me! I've never cut my hair for myself before. My agent was like, what?"

O-TUNES: Music and fashion are famously intertwined, but perhaps no more so than at Oscar de la Renta's recent shows, where the designer has taken to spotlighting acts that wouldn't be out of place on the muddy fields of the Glastonbury Festival.

Following last season's performance by the Polyphonic Spree, de la Renta asked chanteuse Regina Spektor to perform her wistful, alt-folk songs at his show Monday. "One of my design assistants recommended Regina, and after I listened to a recording of her live concert at Lollapalooza on YouTube, I thought she was really fantastic," said de la Renta. "So then I met with Regina and found her personality to be as sweet and beautiful as her voice."

Spektor was equally enchanted by the designer, but found that performing for a fashion show brought its own unique set of challenges, including a bank of runway photographers clicking away nonstop. "It was definitely scary," said the singer, who had prepped by doing two run-throughs with stand-in models. "I was so nervous because I didn't want to let Oscar down. I didn't want any dead air and I was scared that my mouth would go dry."
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