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Dennis Basso pays tribute to 'dear friend' Joan Rivers

Designer Dennis Basso backstage at his show during

Designer Dennis Basso backstage at his show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theater at Lincoln Center on Sept. 8, 2014. Before the show started, Basso asked for a moment of silence for his close, longtime friend Joan Rivers. Credit: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano

You could hear a pin drop at Dennis Basso’s Monday afternoon runway show, as the designer asked for a moment of silence for his “dear friend” Joan Rivers, who was always a fixture at his fashion shows.

Before the show started, Basso addressed the audience, saying that Rivers “brought laughter and happiness to all of our lives.”

In other Rivers-related fashion news, the E! Entertainment booth at the tents was a hive of activity -- the first time since the entertainer’s death -- with Kimora Lee Simmons and Coco Rocha filming. And at the HSN event nearby at the Empire Hotel, poor Giuliana Rancic, River’s “Fashion Police” co-star, was obviously -- and understandably -- distraught.

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