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Fashion Week: Johnny Weir Spills on Death Threats, Alexa Ray Joel Talks Depression

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Johnny Weir isn't afraid to let his fur flag fly—in fact, he's flaunting his love for the controversial covering.

The ice-skating champ—dressed in a cream-colored fur jacket—told us today at the Dennis Basso fashion show at Lincoln Center that he's received everything from attitude to death threats over his fashion choice.

"Today I'm wearing Ekatarina, one of the oldest Russian furriers," he said. "I'm all about the fur."

And what about those threats on his life?

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First Weir had a message for PETA, telling the animal-rights group to stop harassing those who wear the real thing.

"Don't be terrorists, let us live our lives," he said.

But it was a less public group that had threatened Weir last year before he was set to skate in the Olympics, and it was so frightening he reported it to authorities.

"I literally had a price put on my head before the Olympics," he explained. "I had to go to the Olympics with the FBI because somebody wanted to kill me [over] fur. It wasn't PETA but someone different."

Death threats aside, Weir was joined in the front row by Kelly Rutherford, Star Jones and Hoda Kotb. All gave the designer a standing ovation when the show ended.

As for the outrageous fashionisto's best fashion tip?

"Never be afraid and know your body," he said.

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Meanwhile, at the Hervé Léger show, Alexa Ray Joel rocked a formfitting lace top and Rag & Bone jacket. She should be used to all the fashion madness, being the offspring of Christie Brinkley, but the singer tells us no way.

"I was [Fashion Week] devirginized at Jill Stuart—I was a chicken with my head cut off," she dished. "I'm not accustomed to it. I'm a real homebody, but you have to go out and promote yourself and your work."

Joel, who was getting knocked around a bit by the crowd, said she's been trying to avoid becoming fashion roadkill all week.

"I learned you better look where you're going—people will ram into you," she laughed.

As for her health, Joel says she's doing much better than this time last year, when she was hospitalized for an overdose.

"Of course initially I was very vulnerable and some of it was exaggerated. I wasn't exactly suicidal," she said. "I cope with depression and it's important to show a real side. No one's perfect...It's important to be able to be real with people and be accessible, especially as a songwriter."

When we asked the best musical tip she got from dad Billy Joel, she said she writes the music the exact same way he does.

"Melody first, then the lyrics—the old-school way," she said.

She's writing about love these days, and has been spending a lot of time with a new guy.

"I'm dating someone. It's exciting, he cooked for me on Valentine's Day," she told us.

Some celebs weren't as open about their love lives and stuck to fashion. At the Diesel Black Gold show, Vanessa Hudgens, who admitted at the Marc Jacobs show last night that she is single, refused to talk relationships. And Chace Crawford refused to talk anything, with his handlers declining all interviews.

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