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Nigel Barker, Whitney Port show love for Mara Hoffman

Whitney Port in Mara Hoffman skirt at the

Whitney Port in Mara Hoffman skirt at the designer's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show in Manhattan. (Feb. 11, 2012) Credit: Nina Ruggiero

Designer Mara Hoffman had support in the front row at her Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show Saturday, as fashion photographer, former model and old friend Nigel Barker looked on.

"Mara designs clothes not only for other people but for herself, which I think is one of the amazing things about Mara," he told Newsday. "She used to model in her own shows, which I find exciting, different and cool. She wasn't just thinking about what she should put somebody else in, but about what she would want to wear, which means that, obviously, her heart and soul is in what she's doing."

Barker described Hoffman's style as "ethereal, feminine, sexy and photogenic."

Also looking on was designer and former star of MTV's "The City," Whitney Port, wearing a colorful patterned, asymmetric skirt by Hoffman.

"Her prints are always so fun, and I think she has a really great use of color," Port said of the designer, who shared a fashion show with her in the past.

On Wednesday, Port will stage the first ever solo show at Lincoln Center for her line, Whitney Eve.

"It's sort of space-age feminine," she said of her new collection, explaining that she was inspired by looking at shapes through her grandparents' kaleidoscope.

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