- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - Rachel Roy was at Vera Wang’s NY Fashion Week show Tuesday, in a choice seat next to John Legend. Tory Burch regularly attends the shows of Narciso Rodriguez and Proenza Schouler. Diane von Furstenberg always makes room for Oscar de la Renta, and Tommy Hilfiger took in Belstaff.

Fashion has a reputation for being cutthroat, but there are friendships and mentorships as well that don’t always get their due.

“I’m a big believer in supporting others,” Burch said in a backstage interview.

Models are part of the glue here, too. Jessica Stam made it to the Chelsea space where Thom Browne was showing and Coco Rocha made a quick change from von Furstenberg’s front row to Zac Posen’s backstage.

Karlie Kloss was on the red carpet for the Grammy Awards, hosting coverage for MTV. She took an overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York to walk in Carolina Herrera’s morning show Monday.

“These are my friends. That’s why I got back in time. It’s a family reunion at Fashion Week,” Kloss said. “It’s a common misconception that we don’t get along but its not really true. … To have a long career, you have to get along.”

Roy decided to take her show digital this year, which meant an earlier deadline for her looks. She found the newfound freedom had at least one unexpected perk: “I can go to more of my friends’ shows!”

John Galliano, who is on a three-week guest stint at de la Renta’s studio, did not make a front-of-the-house appearance at the designer’s show Tuesday, Day 6 of fall previews that wrap up Feb. 14. Shows follow in London, Milan and Paris.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

De la Renta did have company on the runway for his bow: models Karlie Kloss and Magdalena Frackowiak. He also had famous fashion designers _ friends Diane von Furstenberg and Valentino _ in the front row.

Nowhere to be seen, however, was John Galliano, who is in the middle of a three-week stint working in de la Renta’s studio. The question on guests’ minds was if Galliano, fired from Christian Dior two years ago after an anti-Semitic rant was caught on video, would stay at de la Renta’s house longer.

They were left to continue the rumor mill, but for the 15 minutes of show, they were fully engrossed in the show.

There seemed distinct segments of the collection: the uptown lady who wears a belted shawl-collar jacket; the artsy jetsetter who wears her black-and-ivory, Toile-print quilted skirt suit with panache; and the young socialite who can rock a shocking-pink ballgown with gold embroidery.

A delicate nude gown with black-bead embroidery likely is headed straight for the red carpet on a top Hollywood star.

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