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COST CUTTERS: While some designers are lowering the bar for their opening price points, others are sweetening their collections with twofers. Case in point — Daryl Kerrigan’s leather spats, which can morph any shoes into boots and Victoria Beckham’s corset suitable for any of her dresses. Reem Acra offered a few gowns with necklace-looking dyed crystals to spare shoppers the chore of buying jewelry. At Sunday’s presentation, she said not lining select styles allowed her to pump up the bling without jacking up the prices.

Having flown into New York for only the day, “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush talked tough about the recession and admitted to even changing in the car en route from LaGuardia Airport. She said, “I don’t think anyone is not affected by the recession. Shows are getting cut left and right. A lot of great scripts are falling apart because they can’t get financing for the films. One thing that is good about being in the entertainment industry is that people always want something to escape to laugh or cry.”

Bush will be giving people the opportunity to do either in her upcoming movies, “The Narrows” and “Party of Three.” She will also be back for more shows Thursday.

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