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Diane von Furstenberg Draws a Star-Studded Crowd for Runway Show; Pays Tribute to 9/11

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Diane Von Furstenberg is the designer¹s designer.

No other Fashion Week show can draw such huge names in the industry, and fill a front row with their peers, among them designers Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.

So who else was perched front row? And what special gesture did Diane do to pay tribute to 9/11?

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The designer, who does double duty as both head of her eponymous line and the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) had a U-shaped runway built, with an additional row of chairs in the middle, so she had extra room to squeeze in all her A-list friends, including singer Corinne Bailey Rae, model Selita Banks, stylist Rachel Zoe, Elle editrix Robbie Myers, Elle creative director Joe Zee, writer Fran Lebowitz and famed fashion photog Gilles Besimon lining the runway.

The show was a high-class affair, and every seat in the house was filled. The designer showed off a collection called "Beginning" that was filled with her famed prints, flowy tops and dresses and nude sequined pieces. In a word, it was perfection.

When we asked "Like a Star" singer Corinne, who has popped up at nearly every show we've seen this season, what makes von Furstenberg so special, she said she's "creative." "I like to be with different creative people throughout the week," she told E! News. "She's just creative and I like to see all the different looks and such."

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Elle's Robbie told us that Diane paved the way for all the young women in fashion today.

"What's not to love? We love everything about Diane," she told us. "Her ideas about women, her ideas about the right way to live and certainly to dress. ...She was a pioneer in a lot of ways for women in fashion, she certainly changed the fashion landscape and I think she was a celebrity designer before there was so many of them."

Von Furstenberg, who walks the runway solo at the end of her shows instead of just popping out to wave to the adoring crowd, this time did something special.

Walking slowly to Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," the designer honored the  9/11 anniversary by waving a handful of tiny American flags for her finale stroll.

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