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Celebs Strip Down Post-Fashion Week

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Ugg boots have never looked so good as on the (very high) heels of fashion month, where the celebrity contingent runs a sartorial marathon to make that famous Greek battle look like sissy stuff. If you don't believe me, I give you Kelly Osbourne as exhibit A: During New York Fashion Week, the Fashion Police judge executed three high-end looks (Jeremy Scott, Marchesa and Anna Sui) in under five hours. As WWD pointed out, that's "the average time of a recreational female marathoner." And nearly as exhausting.

And I should know: At the close of New York Fashion Week, I headed to a cabin in the Sierras where nobody could see my freshly scrubbed face and, yes, Ugg boots -- a bad habit I indulge only in the privacy of the backwoods. But turns out, I'm not alone in this deep-seated desire to shelve my five-inch Alaïa booties and nurture my inner bum.

Take Kristin Cavallari: Seeing her in front rows across New York, K. Cav was a walking billboard for celebrity as chameleonic model -- ladylike at Luca Luca, Parisienne at Malandrino and punky-girly at Betsey Johnson. Now back home in LA, the Hills star is looking more like herself -- with minimal makeup, leggings and tees. Even Kelly Osbourne, who clearly takes great care with her look of late, let go her bouffant in favor of a simple bun and glasses (and sweatpants?) for a recent dinner at Katsuya. Maybe celebrities really are just like me.

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Well, not exactly. There's no paparazzi waiting to shoot me landing at the airport in flip flops or kicking up my Uggs by a campfire in the Sierra. Thank god. But there lies the love part of society's love-hate relationship with the paps: Without them, in the age of stylists, how would we ever identify a celebrity's authentic style? Dakota Fanning, for instance, isn't the walking pouf of Marchesa froth we see on the red carpet; she's the girl in the cable knit poncho and leggings who landed at LAX after the Miu Miu show in Paris.

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The true identity of a celebrity is only ever debatable -- what do we really know about them anyway? Today at StyleBistro HQ, we were chatting about Rihanna who we believe, despite a recent sartorial clowning around, resides in the upper echelon of stars with a genuinely primo sense of fashion. On the heels of her rainbow-bright appearance at Miu Miu's Paris show, Rihanna hit the streets looking decidedly more down to earth in monochrome leggings and a relaxed knit sweater. It seems that here we see the real Rihanna, off stage and able to poke fun at the game: Even in pale pink fishnet, Rihanna's daytime headband evokes a certain Rosie the Riveter roll-up-your-sleeves 'tude.

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