There was some disagreement about the grunge look, with Posen pointing out, "There's definitely a thing of disheveled glamour, grunge, that's in the air right now. It was on Marc Jacobs' runway." Dash's rejoinder? "I never understood that. Like, it's cool to be dirty?" The night was also fueled by some personal revelations: Ramone admitted to "buying women's clothing and putting it on" during his pre-punk days in a Seventies glam-rock band. When moderator Doonan asked if there were photos of the getups, Ramone admitted, "They exist, unfortunately."
And when queried about the style icon of the decade, Field protested. "I don't think so much in decades — to me a decade is like a breath of air. I think in eons," she said, eventually settling on Cleopatra as her choice. (As for Doonan, he noted, "All my style icons are dead — beginning with Nancy Cunard.") But perhaps most importantly, Dash explained the allure of baggy pants for rap artists: "Let me give you the secret about loose clothes and hip-hop. Before 50 Cent and LL Cool J got all diesel, everyone was kind of overweight."
MIDDLE EASTERN PROMISE: Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy's annual holiday party is one of the most anticipated events of the season — not least because of the different theme each year, the imaginative costumes, a costume contest and, well, the punctual start. After venturing to Venice last year, Jacobs and Duffy have made "Arabian Nights" their theme for the fete at the Rainbow Room on Dec. 12. The invited guests should note to be extra creative with their wardrobe choices. According to the invite, contest judges will include Lawrence of Arabia, Genie in the Bottle, Ali Baba, Aladdin, The 40 Thieves and Princess Jasmine, and "Anyone not in masquerade will be flown away on the magic carpet." No word on whether Jacobs himself will design the rug.