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The Chattering Class: NYFW

A weekend-ready crib sheet for your Fashion Week repartee

Even if you won’t be mingling with the industry at the Jason Wu party tonight, chances are you’ll dive into a conversation or two about fashion this weekend. Below, a few talking points for the start of New York Fashion Week:

Did you hear about…

…The supermodel doppelgangers in silk retro glam?
Before Fashion Week, Adam Selman (pictured) was best known as the creative visionary behind Rihanna’s unapologetic style (and for dating her stylist Mel Ottenberg), but his unexpected presentation on day two of NYFW changes everything. Selman showcased his first eponymous collection: a sexed-up sporty line of clothing inspired by photographer Francesco Scavullo’s Cosmopolitan covers from the ’70s and a 1981 HBO special on supermodels called Beautiful Baby, Beautiful. Citing Jerry Hall, Margaux Hemingway and his creative director Jen Brill, Terry Richardson’s former girlfriend, as muses, Selman appropriately selected models who could pass for the supers, like Gia Carangi and Linda Evangelista.

…The designer who struck shareholder gold?
Joseph Altuzarra may be preparing for his spring/summer ‘14 show, but he’s also likely celebrating a huge win even before his collection hits the runway. Kerig, formerly PPR and the luxury group that holds brands like Saint Laurent, Gucci and Balenciaga, has announced that they’ve become a minority shareholder of Altuzarra.

…The new It-shoe?
As predicted by Vogue, this season high-end footwear is getting a little more down to earth. Taking the flats-at-Fashion-Week faux pas to a new level, Birkenstocks continue to break ground at the shows, slipped into by models (the Terry cloth Birkenstocks at Houghton) and editors alike.

…The A-Lister love for Target?
NYFW is still young, but Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles stepped out—with hundreds and hundreds of eager shoppers—to get their hands on the latest fast-fashion collaboration at the Phillip Lim for Target launch. And besides the covetable clothes, there were interactive installations everywhere: One even enabled the user to hold up their camera phone and projected a virtual Phillip Lim to pose alongside them for a #selfie.