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Fash Wk faves: Vera, Carmen, Marc, Lypsinka

Lypsinka performs in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman

Lypsinka performs in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011.

From the "MY FAVE THINGS" category or "WHO'S THE TOPLESS WOMAN OUTSIDE BERGDORF GOODMAN?"

People keep asking me the most memorable moments from Fashion Week. So here goes, in no particular order:

Vera Wang's fashion show--Inspired by Alice in Wonderland. White, light, ethereal, with these funky tie-on peplums in bright psychedelic patterns. They floated down the runway. Extra bonus: Got to chat up former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (sitting front row opposite Beyonce) about world affairs...and her leather skirt.

Carmen Marc Valvo--Always the most civilized and classy show of the week. Held in this curvy, glass-walled space in the NASDAQ building overlooking Times Square. Chic dresses, flutes of champagne--what's not to like?

Marc Jacobs--Always the most theatrical and thought-provoking show of the week. Will folks really be wearing his plastic and garbage bag skirts and such? Nahhh, they'll go for the simple skirts and polos underneath. But it's an amazing sight. If Christian Dior doesn't snap him up (as is rumored), they're fools.

And--perhaps most memorable--I'm standing on Fifth Avenue outside Bergdorf G. reporting on their "window show" (hosted by Alec Mapa--"I am sweating like Michele Bachmann before a U.S. history exam") for Fashion's Night Out. Within view: a fat, scraggly haired dude in a NY Giants tee (wife in tow), a dandy in a preppy suit and (yes)...

...a topless woman with a drawn-on Salvador Dali mustache.

I know, you're thinking, "What? NOT ANOTHER topless woman with a drawn-on Salvador Dali mustache!" Honestly, I don't see it as a trend....

"Ms." Dali tried to get into the store...but they didn't let her past the barricade. But here's my favorite part: As she protested, a guy w/ bleached blonde hair and eyeliner just looked at her and rolled his eyes. Tough room.

And poor Lypsinka, arguably NYC's top drag queen, who performed in the Bergdorf-G windows (after Michael Kors was honored).  She's seen here performing a (pretty hilarious) number of "If They Could See Me Now" (the Marilyn Maye version) interspersed w/ phone conversation dialogue from glam gals like Bette, Joan, Liz...the usual suspects. If only Lypsinka knew that the real show was going on outside on the street.

FOOTNOTE: I figured out who "Ms." Dali really is but I'm not sure I wanna give her more PR. Marilyn Maye, however, is performing at Feinstein's, Nov. 1-12. (My head hurts from too many random facts. Still...a week that includes Madeleine Albright...AND Lypsinka?  Only in New York....)

Tags: Vera Wang , Alice in Wonderland , Carmen Marc Valvo , NASDAQ , Marc Jacobs , Christian Dior , Bergdorf Goodman , Michael Kors , Lypsinka , Salvador Dali , Fashion's Night Out , Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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