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Fashion Week: The Loiterers

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

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Never mind what goes on inside the Fashion Week tents, it's making your way in and out that will truly send you reeling. Forgetting for a minute the fact that if you're dressed in anything other than jeans and a T-shirt you will besieged by international street-style photographers, there is also the matter of the the gawking street loiterers camped at the gates to contend with. Chances are, you'll awesomely be mistaken for someone famous.

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"Lucy Liu!" one girl yelled at me after the Anna Sui show (which is true, I guess—we are both Asian and small), just before screaming over my shoulder to exclaim "Britney Spears" at a portly blonde woman in a sparkly tank top and low slung jeans who was speaking into her cell phone in a heavy Jersey accent. Obviously, the scene's more a sport than it is to others.

Several, of course, are just looky-loos who don't have a clue—and don't care to.

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