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Football Meets Fashion for This NFL Player

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Winning designer Kassie Haji and Brad Smith

Designer Kassie Haji and Brad Smith

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith’s interests are not relegated solely to the football field. It turns out Smith is actually a burgeoning player in the world of fashion.

After completing a Fashion Week internship at Men’s Health, reporting to fashion director Brian Boye, Smith was inspired to help emerging designers. The result was his Design for Brad Smith competition, held in partnership with the magazine. The winner, Kassie Haji, was announced on Friday at Windsor Custom at The Ainsworth in New York.

“To be able to highlight people’s creativity and their artistry, especially in the realm of fashion and design, that’s something that appeals to me,” said Smith.

In our Media Beat interview, Smith tells us about being a fashion intern, describes Haji’s winning design and reveals his future fashion projects.

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Foxy Brown, Russell Simmons Show up for Axl Rose, Kelly Bundy-inspired Fashion at YFC Fashion Week Collective

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Wednesday night’s Fashion Collective at Capitale was a free-for-all of late 20th Century fashion and impromptu hip hop performances, but it was also a night for entrepreneurs. The Incubator Studio in Tribeca created the Fashion Week showcase to offset the costs of production for emerging designers including Yellow Fever Clothing, Keep Me and Prince Peter. How else would the YFC 2011 Spring Summer collection become a reality?

From the program:

YFC 2011 Spring Summer collection is loosely inspired by Axl Rose in his hey day, wearing black leather and bicycle shorts, and hanging with Kelly Bundy, in her tight Robert Palmer backup girl mini-dress. They go on a holiday to Martha’s Vineyard to enjoy the colors of the season and relax. However, Axl loses his prescription pills and so they run off to Japan to find more and they bump into a new-techno samurai…

The new-techno samurai was hard to spot, but a very stealthy Foxy Brown slipped into the mini-dress parade for a surprise performance. Her Foxiness proceeded to thank hip hop mogul Russell Simmons (also in the crowd) for starting her career while she strutted down the runway singing “ain’t no [n-word] like the one I got – he sleeps around, but he gives me a lot.”

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Fashionista.com Encourages Interns To Skip Classes

fashionista11.jpgFashion industry blog Fashionista.com is seeing a major overhaul this week: not only did editor Abby Gardner get the boot, but Fashion Week’s fast approach means that it’s time to hire free interns.

You can expect to get college credit for your work over at the Breaking Media site, but that might not be of much use as you’ll be kicked out of school for not attending class during Fashion Week: something that the Web site actively encourages, according to this job posting from yesterday.

The requirements read:

“We’ll need you at least two days a week until Fashion Week starts February 9th, during which we’ll need you more. How much more depends on your schedule, but you should be eager to skip class in favor of MILK. Our intern hours are officially 11 to 4, but again, once the week starts there’s no on/off.

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Fashion Week: Graydon Carter Bites Vanity Fair Cover Bait That Feeds Him

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Which ‘razzi enraged Vanity Fair EIC Graydon Carter?

So far, the media folk we’ve seen have been on their best behavior — except Graydon Carter, that is. The famed Vanity Fair editor-in-chief lost his cool at Diane von Furstenberg’s show Sunday when a photographer fell into his lap trying to get shots of Hollywood stars in the house, including Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Tatum O’Neal and Uma Thurman. “Who cares?” Carter was overheard fuming. “They are just actresses.” Someone ought to share the boss’ thoughts with the VF editor who’s placed nearly every one of them on a cover in recent months (and can Tatum really be far behind?).

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Fashion Week: Choose or Lose (Style Points)

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Our turned-out sister-in-arms (a.k.a. design blog UnBeige) has the lowdown on the electoral fever permeating Bryant Park this election-season Fashion Week. No longer just the province of social maxim-sharing designer Kenneth Cole, IMG itself is exhorting the fashion flock to vote, from the political sloganeering and signage that’s part of the extravaganza’s own design scheme to an impassioned missive sent by IMG Fashion’s Senior Vice President, the “not bitchy enoughFern Mallis.

If you’re up on how to vote, but aren’t sure of what to wear, be sure to follow Unbeige’s sartorially sound Twitter feed, packed with insights from the shows, backstage tidbits and more.

Fashion Week: Designer Tara Subkoff Holds Press Screening So She Can Shun Press

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Journalists look on as socialite and sometime actress Lydia Hearst seeks… something.

As an aspiring journalist/groveling intern, it’s hard to say which makes better punishment: sorting a million paper clips into piles by color, size and thickness; an hour on the rack locked away in a medieval dungeon; or, attempting to interview Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff and socialite Lydia Hearst last night at the opening of their short film, Fame Fatale, written and directed by the designer to showcase her holiday line for Bebe.

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Fashion Week: Guide to Hunting, Fishing, and PR A**-Kissing

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Actress Lauren Hutton sounds off at Thursday night’s fashion show/launch event for Be EcoChic at Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History

Merry Fashion Week! Like the Halloween decor we saw at our local drugstore in July, the sartorial smorgasbord seems to start earlier and earlier each year — in fact, related events have been underway since early this week.

In other words, there’s no time to waste. If you’re perplexed about which of your PR pals you should be bombarding with compliments about their pretty blow-outs, or state-of-the-art headsets in hopes of gaining access, our natty-dressing brother blog PRNewser has the breakdown of which PR firms handle which designers and their shows this season. Go forth and brown-nose with the best of ‘em.

Fashion Week: Oscar Posse Holds Breath On Red Carpet Fate

Academy Awards show producer Gil Cates has done such a good job of keeping his plans for an ‘alternate’ broadcast should the writer’s strike remain unresolved come February 24, that even Academy insiders who would ordinarily be gearing up for the big night by now are still in the dark. Tom Julian, who oversees fashion commentary on Oscar.com says he’s received no word on what to do with the usually all-encompassing fashion coverage that typically kicks into high gear come Fashion Week, should there be no red carpet runway:

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Fashion Week: Editors, Stylists in Frock Shock Over KO’ed Vanity Fair Fete

What’s an A-list actress to do if she’s found the designer dress of her dreams for Vanity Fair’s Oscar party now that the legendary bash has been cancelled? And what about the editors who rely on those indelible images from Morton’s that seem to live on for eternity? Those were questions that were making the rounds at Fashion Week when news broke that Graydon Carter had cancelled the party of the year due to the as-yet unresolved writer’s strike.

“I feel their pain,” said InStyle’s Charla Lawhon whose own Golden Globes shindig had to be cancelled last month. “We went through the same thing. There is so much that goes into these things that the decision has to be made early enough to avoid having to go to far down the road at considerable expense.”

Allure’s Linda Wells said the fallout goes further than a bunch of stars all dressed up with nowhere to go…

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Fashion Week: Celebs to Press @ Michael Kors: Look But Don’t Talk to me!

With the surprising dearth of A-listers at Fashion Week (Does Sophia Bush ever stay home?), those of us who brave crowds at the tents to ask celebs burning questions like: ‘Besides your Blackberry what do you never leave home without?’ the Michael Kors show promised to yield plenty of chatty items that populate the pages of People and Us ‘Weekly. IGM’s Fern Mallis said there’d be no less than 15 marquee names (“Raquel Welsh is backstage”)in the front row. Jackpot!

When Angie Harmon had been nice enough to stop and chat about the Writer’s Strike on her way into the tents, things looked promising. We took a lap around the front row spying cards that boasted names such as Natasha Richardson and Sigourney Weaver. A few seats down, there were plenty of blanks (with the exception of a sole seat tagged Chris Ivery‘ — clever, since he’s the hubby of Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo and the seat next to him was empty. However…

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