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Of Crowds and Rudeness at Tia Cibani and Iodice

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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OVERBOOKED Tia, Sophia Bush Monday night at Ports 1961, was relegated to viewing designer Tia Cibani's Fall collection on flat-screen monitors under the main tent. The label had attracted such an enormous crowd that 45 minutes after the show was supposed to begin, the burly, though handsomely attired security personnel announced that approximately 200 as-yet unseated guests would,sadly, remain unseated. Fortunately, Eliza Dushku, Sophia Bush, Mandy Moore, and Rose McGowan avoided such a cruel fate. (They must have gotten there, like, really early.) Most others declined the offer to watch remotely, stilettos sinking between the cobblestones around the Bryant Park fountain, and disappeared into the rain in hopes of being seated at the next show. Your faithful correspondent included.

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Over at Iodice's Winter 2008 presentation, smart tweed totes (read: scratchy burlap sacks) emblazoned with beach scenes from Brazil served as both the gift bag and the gift. Which was good enough for Olivia Palermo, who made her plaid-laden male companion schlep one around for photo-ops. Ally Hilfiger was less taken with the swag, but then the bag would have clashed terribly with the giant geek-chic glasses she was wearing.



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