Fashion Scoops: Marc's Front Row... Let It Out... Friends Help...

When the scant celebrities arrived (promptly, thank you very much) to Marc Jacobs' show on Friday night, they were met with buckets full of mini-champagne bottles, setting something of a celebratory tone.

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THE SHAKEOUT: Salt-n-Pepa's Sheryl James and Sandy Denton were ringside at Carmen Marc Valvo Friday. The rappers-turned-reality stars said they are shoppers through and through. "What girl isn't into fashion, especially in the music business? Fashion and music go hand in hand," James said.

"I'm always at the mall — it's disgusting," Denton added.

But that doesn't mean they don't appreciate the occasional freebie. Denton raised the faux fur coat Kimora Lee Simmons gave her to illustrate the point. "Custo [Barcelona] gave us some clothes yesterday to wear on our show," she said. "But we want more, so put it out there. People can go to if they want to donate clothes to Salt-n-Pepa.

Across the way, Katrina Bowden of "30 Rock" said she's been keeping up her acting game by finessing "A True Story: Based on Things That Never Happened and Some That Did." Once financing is secured, she and co-star Malcolm Goodwin plan to appear in the off-Broadway play.

IN THE HOUSE OF TONCHI: Fashion is the medium of choice for Isabella and Stefano Tonchi, but they don't exactly talk shop. The T editor did drop by his sister's showing Friday at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and one observer said he smiled broadly. While the designer said she and her brother talk about fashion all the time, "in the end, we never talk about the work he does at the magazine and what I'm working on. Like most families, we don't want to talk too much about work."

JEAN QUEEN: Sheryl Crow sitting front row at Ralph Lauren comes as little surprise. After all, the country-rock singer "lives in Double RL," as she said at the designer's Friday morning presentation. But now that she's starting her own denim line, could the singer's attendance be a bit more strategic? Shopping for ideas, maybe? "I'm kind of inspired by Ralph," Crow admitted, before adding that her collection, Bootheel Trading Co., will be sold at a more affordable price point and appear in stores like Dillard's and Macy's around the holidays.

GIORGIO'S SONG: Alicia Keys will don Giorgio Armani's designs during her upcoming "As I Am" world tour, which kicks off in Glasgow on Feb. 25. A crocodile embossed leather vest accented with Swarovski crystal buckles paired with lacquered jeans, which the designer has named after the Grammy-winning performer, is one of Keys' custom-made looks. "Alicia is a performer we will justifiably be comparing with the great Aretha Franklin in years to come," said Armani, who has a long-standing friendship with Keys. The designer has dressed her for red-carpet events and the two have partnered for a number of charity events, such as last year's Fashion Rocks.
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