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Rimes, Minnelli come out for Fashion Week

Also attending: Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Sigourney Weaver and Janet Jackson
/ Source: The Associated Press

New York Fashion Week brings out Hollywood’s stalwarts and its starlets. Some bold-faced names from both categories taking in the runway shows Tuesday:

Rimes short on timeEven the stars shop on the Internet these days.

Country music star LeAnn Rimes hung out backstage during the Monique Lhuillier show Tuesday, wearing a burgundy lace dress by the designer. The frock was a departure, she said, from her favorite fall uniform of those skinny jeans now ubiquitous on celebrities and mall denizens alike.

But even though Rimes could probably score some private showings in designer showrooms to pick out her clothes, she doesn’t have time.

Instead, she visits Web sites such as after a fashion show. “I call my stylist and tell her this is what I want to wear,” Rimes said. “I am doing a photo shoot for my new album, so maybe we will be pulling a few things.”

The new album is called “Family,” and Rimes wrote or collaborated on every song, said husband Dean Sheremet. They’re just “honest, honest songs about dysfunctional families, basically,” he said.

Also in the audience: “The Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn DiScala, who said she likes to wear Lhuillier’s tops for everyday, such as the short-sleeve eyelet blouse she chose for the show.

Lhullier said DiScala and other fans will soon have something new to look forward to from her: handbags and home wares.

The Bill Blass cabaretLiza Minnelli and Joel Grey, who starred together in 1972’s “Cabaret,” sat next to each other at the star-packed Bill Blass show Tuesday, where guests Sigourney Weaver and Janet Jackson (with three bodyguards) also came to see designer Michael Vollbracht’s spring creations.

“Joel, I had a dream about you last night!” Minnelli said, adding that she had no idea the two would be sitting together at the packed show.

Minnelli had just flown in from Paris, her assistant said, and was squeezing in a few shows in between preparations for an upcoming concert in London.

Also at the show, Joan Rivers, who often provides acerbic red carpet fashion commentary during major award shows, said she’s learned to follow the leader a little bit more during Fashion Week.

“The first Fashion Week I went to a show and did not realize you have to wear the designer’s clothes, and I was stared at a lot,” she said. “I learned my lesson.”

Minnelli appeared to come from a different school of thought: She was wearing Halston, her assistant said.