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Oscar Outfit: $0

This is an expensive outfit. A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Fall 2010 Fashion Show. Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images hide caption

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This is an expensive outfit. A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

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It's Fashion Week in New York City, which means it's time for some of my favorite journalism. Eric Wilson's review of Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Narciso Rodriguez and Oscar De La Renta shows did not disappoint. After pointing out that the A-list celebrity has been replaced by the likes of J-Woww, he went on to point out an effect of the recession I hadn't thought about.

The increasing madness about Z-list celebrities invading fashion land actually may have been a gift to designers in the end. It has forced them to re-evaluate the role of the runway, much as Marc Jacobs did when he banished celebrities from his show. Just whose interests were they serving all these years, sending out red-carpet-ready dresses so that an actress could browse through them as if in a catalog in which all the prices are $0?

He's got a point. The collective prices of those gowns parading the red carpet must hover around the Avatar special effects budget — it's not like anyone paid for that swag. The cost-benefit to showing gown after gown that you than give away for free, must have really changed in the last few years.

On another topic, the hair at De La Renta, is awesome. Hello, Dallas.