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In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: the flirty styles of New York designer Jill Stuart at the New York Public Library.
Show location: The New York Public Library
The skinny: The show started out a little edgy for Jill, with black lace shirts paired with leather pants and wide-brimmed hats. Then it transitioned into the fashion label's meat-and-potatoes: perfect little party dresses. They appeared in fluttery chiffon and fitted velvet and satin.
Celebs spotted: Paris and Nicky Hilton, a Real Housewife, Michelle Trachtenberg, and the actress who plays mean girl Penelope on Gossip Girl.
The takeaway: Boho rock 'n' roll, with a chaser of pretty, ruffly cocktail attire.
11:55am: I'm inside the library. Standing room is already full but those with seats are still milling around, getting their photos taken by Japanese street style photogs.
11:56pm: Across from the Seventeen team. Guess that mag is still around.
12:13pm: Michelle Trachtenberg just showed up, causing pap madness. Fern Mallis is here, sitting within arm's length of me, and I see Jack from Project Runway in his uniform of a tight shirt with a tight vest. Also tons of teens in Jill getting their pictures taken—who are they here with?
12:21pm: Jack has a Karl Lagerfelt puppet and is taking pictures of fashion people posing with it. Meanwhile, we hear rumors of Paris and Nicky Hilton, but no sightings yet.
12:22pm: Also one of the Real Housewives of NYC, apparently.
12:25pm: The Hiltons are here, and they've caused utter chaos. There's one poor tiny PR girl trying to corral the photographer scrum, and Paris and Nicky are just sitting there calmly.
12:30pm: It's about to start. The photog next to me: "I have never seen a mosh pit at a show before." Unrelated: The Real Housewife is sucking on a lollipop.
12:33pm: And it starts. Lots of black, very rock and roll. Hard-edged for Jill.
12:35pm: Now lots of fluffy white knits, and black lace paired with leather jackets.
12:39pm: Some plums and faded pinks are starting to appear.
12:40pm: Gauzy blouses, hats and booties. And leather pants!
12:42pm: Lots of ruffed cocktail dresses.
12:44pm: Beautiful coats shown over textured dresses with knee highs. Very Gossip Girl.
12:49pm: It's over. Speaking of Gossip Girl, just saw Amanda Setton, who plays mean girl Penelope, on her way out.