In Manhattan, the night before Fashion Week is like the first day of school - you think for weeks about your outfit, then ditch it at the last minute for jeans. You run into people you can't remember and act like they're your family. You get drunk, or get high, or at least watch your clique do it in the parking lot. And seeing your friends across a crowded room is a little bit like the empty seat in the cafeteria, with the cool kids, that's getting saved for you. At least, that's what it felt like at the Soho Grand and the Box last night. The hotel was hosting Jeremy Kost's new photo show; the club was launching Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the first time. At both venues, there were too many people and too much champagne - a sure recipe for boldface mayhem. Yes, Adrien Grenier was hiding in a booth with State PR's Kristina Ratliff - while rumors swirled he was texting a newly single starlet. Okay, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz wouldn't leave the dance floor. And Tinsley held court on the balcony for hours. But you can see those pictures on a million photo websites (and probably in The Post tomorrow). Instead, here's what we saw - a yearbook of our fashion tribe that makes us glad we didn't cut class and smoke under the bleachers (or in the bathroom at 205, where Donna Karan brought her troops to rest at 1 am. Such rebels, those CFDA winners).
The Cheerleaders: Model Theodora Richards and Veejay Susie Castillo at the Soho Grand.
The Art Kids: V associate editor Jacob Brown, and model existentialist Mariekke Sterling
The Hippies: Project Runway's Alison Kelly, whose first full collection debuts on ShopBop this month.
The Drama Queen: Socialite Olivia Palermo practices for her new job, the face of Hollywould.
The Punks: Shiny Toy Guns had models begging to be Band Aids. On Sunday, their stage will be taken by The Citizen's Band, who perform for Bono's clothing label, Edun.
The Exchange Students: Fille de Joie owner Cece McGurr is from France; Paper market editor Quinn Asteak is from outer space. Together, they revive the Bardot look for the modern girl.
The Coolest Girl in School: Model, Moss BFF, Babyshambles muse, and folk singer Irina Lazareanu. Obsessed.