GO EAST, YOUNG DESIGNER: Meanwhile, the New York Fashion Week slate this season includes several first-time showings by a range of Los Angeles labels: Morphine Generation, Pegah Anvarian, Linda Loudermilk, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent and veteran brand Tadashi, which will premier its higher-priced evening gown line at the tents. Once West Coast designers reach a certain level of dollars and buzz, it's natural for them to seek the bigger stage of New York, as brands such as BCBG Max Azria, Monique Lhuillier, Jenni Kayne, Rodarte, Rock & Republic and Grey Ant have done. But many Los Angeles locals wonder if the migration is cannibalizing L.A.'s own fledgling fashion week. Currently, several of the city's most established designers, like Trina Turk and Michelle Mason, eschew the runways, though some believe their participation would be a galvanizing force for other designers to show here. It remains to be seen which names end up on the roster when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., kicks off March 14.
THE SHOW WITHIN THE SHOW WITHIN THE SHOW: "Ugly Betty'fans will get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week (via a Bryant Park facsimile in Los Angeles) on the network series'episode Thursday. The episode won't include appearances by actual designers, but Amanda (the sometimes-cruel receptionist at Mode magazine, where Betty works as an assistant) will attend a re-created Betsey Johnson show featuring a skirt that will be referred to as the "It"item of the season. Tim Gunn of "Project Runway"will play a reporter for Fashion TV " the show within the show that reports on the happenings at Mode.