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FASHION TRENCHES: Diane von Furstenberg's show on Sunday brought out the usual group of close friends, including Ellen Barkin and Susan Sarandon, but this time around, she also had a fashion show novice: Christiane Amanpour. The CNN correspondent, who was accompanied by her husband, James Rubin, and son Darius, made her first fashion show appearance, taking in the presentation from the front row. "It was great," she beamed after it was over. "I wish I could fit into all of the clothes." Not surprisingly, the seasoned journalist, who typically reports from the trenches, found the fashion show chaos harmless by comparison. "This is manageable," she offered.
PRIORITY PLACEMENT: Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant were still in their front-row seats at the shows, despite their high-profile resignations following the sale of Interview. "Everything is still the status quo," said Sischy backstage at DVF, until the sale is finalized. "One would think it would feel different...after the noise of last week, it feels surreal." As for the comments made to WWD last week by Interview's new full owner, Peter Brant, which some saw as minimizing Sischy's role there, she would only say, "I wish everyone the best."
Also, new More editor in chief Lesley Jane Seymour was back in the tents for the first time since her exit from Marie Claire. "It's like going to your high school reunion," she said. "Everyone since my WWD days is here — we've just changed seats."
SEATLESS SIMMONS SISTERS: "This is my first fashion-week experience and I'm not sure it's a good one," said an upset publicist for Vanessa and Angela Simmons, stars of MTV's reality show "Run's House," at the Tracy Reese show on Sunday afternoon. The sisters, who also design their own line of apparel and footwear called Pastry, were left without seats and the show was about to begin. "Someone took our seats!" Vanessa screamed at a security guard who was trying to clear the runway. "This is really silly, these girls are on a reality TV show and we need to get them seated," the publicist said. Finally, after about 10 minutes of arguing, someone came to the rescue and placed two more seats at the end of the runway. "Now I want to curl up and go take a nap," the p.r. proclaimed.