I (heart) L.L.

There is a reason - other than the fact that he is built like an oak tree - why the ladies love L.L. Cool J. He is charm-tastic. I went to the party at the Bryant Park Grill celebrating the line that he has created for Sears. The line is for children, teenagers and men (not for women) and debuted Sept. 7.

L.L. Cool J

He told me that he spent the last five years conceiving and working on the line, which he said is meant to be "trendy and affordable." The prices range from $39.99 to $69.99 and it was cute enough. I can't vouch for the quality, but one thing he said that I thought was pretty smart was that the pricing was "not about how much you have but how much you're willing to spend." In other words, even if you can afford to spend $600 for a pair of pants, sometimes you just don't want to.

For some reason, it seemed that everyone who planned a party during Fashion Week chose Wednesday night. There's only so much champagne a girl can drink, for pete's sake.

I stopped into the Bullseye Bodega, the Target pop-up store on 57th Street and Sixth Avenue. Pop-up stores are all the rage in fashion, I guess because it is easier to commit to a space for a couple of days than to take a lease for five years. Anyway, the Target store was INSANE. The line to get in stretched for almost a block and I had to play the press card. I had places to go, notes to take, a blog to write, I said. I have no time to stand in line! The velvet rope parted. Once inside, I witnessed folks grabbing $34.99 Sigerson Morrison shoes off the shelf, $44.99 Anya Hindmarch bags, $19.99 garden gnomes - LOVE! - and $14.99 lampshades. The latest Go International designer is Jonathan Saunders, whose work was okay but frankly didn't have anything close to the pizzazz that Proenza Schouler and Patrick Robinson brought to Target.

Then I scooted over to Bergdorf Goodman, which was hosting a party for Bill Cunningham, the veteran photographer who shoots street fashion for the New York Times. Everyone loves Bill, who rides his bike around the city, always has his camera and calls everyone "Child." The store dedicated its windows to him and they are filled with his photographs and quotes from people he has shot.

He often hovers on the Bergdorf corner - 57th and Fifth Avenue - to capture the snazzy shoppers and passersby for his regular column. So if you're walking by, try your best to look cute.

A lot of folks at his party seemed to have primped a little bit more in hopes that their colorful plumage might catch his attention. Ever the photographer, Bill was greeting guests with one hand while he clutched his camera in the other. Who can resist a photographer so dedicated to his craft that he's shooting his own party pictures?

By Robin Givhan |  September 11, 2008; 8:42 AM ET New York
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