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Ben Harper and Laura Dern hit the Loden Dager show... It seems the Academy of Art is aiming to be taken seriously...

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LOVEBIRDS: Ben Harper and Laura Dern hit the Loden Dager show Saturday before a Valentine’s Day dinner. “We’ve been exchanging gifts all day,” said a smitten Harper — which caused Dern to pull back her hair to show off a pair of dangly jeweled earrings.

SCHOOL DAYS: If one goes by the casting at Friday evening’s show highlighting its graduate students’ collections, it seems the Academy of Art is aiming to be taken seriously by New York’s fashion crowd. Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Edythe Hughes and Anja Rubik hoofed it for the school, drawing cheers from a student-heavy crowd. But about the clothes: A collaboration among San Francisco’s Britex Fabrics and 15 students yielded several strong and voluminous looks, notably a mohair coat and wool crepe dress; elsewhere, Heather Howard and Cat Janky worked whimsical prints — mossy-green trees, pale faces — onto shirtdresses, and their textured, burnout print peacoat showed technical savvy. The best was saved for last, though — a series of terrific, fluid silk dresses and printed wool coats by Emily Melville and Ivanka Georgieva, whose nine looks in putty and cream hues looked entirely appropriate on those hot steppers.

BLACK IS BACK:
Fashion show invites can often offer a glimpse into the designer’s mood of the moment, and this season, there seems to be a surplus of all-black ones — from Baby Phat to Alexander Wang, Y-3, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Maz Azria, Iodice and Tadashi Shoji. Is it a coincidence or a statement on the current doom and gloom in fashion? The jury is out. “You can’t write the seat information on them,” said Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, adding the sea of black tickets was probably less fashion commentary and more fashionable coincidence. “When Michael Kors [whose invite is always camel] goes black, then I will start to worry,” he said.

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