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A Clothes Call

VH1’s first fashion awards show takes to the runway

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Models inspire insane reactions. ”You are standing backstage, and it’s like a hurricane of beauty…. It makes me feel weird,” said Eric Stoltz at the first VH1 Fashion and Music Awards, which struggled to merit a big double air kiss. Yes, the awards united the best-dressed names in rock and fashion on one catwalk, but even VH1 president John Sykes conceded the event has a way to go. ”There are a lot of things we could do better,” he said. ”We wanted to walk before we walked fast.” Let alone strut.

1. By surprising Most Fashionable Artist Madonna with Sean Penn as her presenter, the show scored at least one coup. The singer’s spokeswoman later denied the ex-Mrs. Penn was miffed about the Jenny Jones-style ambush.

2. There were too few trendsetters like the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, who actually wore a bathing sponge on her head, and too much talent such as the Donald’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, suited up in Thierry Mugler.

3. For Gianni Versace, with seen-through Naomi Campbell, coats are apparently the new sport jackets.

4. Tina Turner sang her Goldeneye title track and dueted with Elton John, a Most Fashionable Artist nominee.

5. Crazy. Sexy. Karl. ”I just love the TLC girls,” gushed designer Karl Lagerfeld, who put Rozanda ”Chilli” Thomas (left) and Lisa ”Left Eye” Lopes, two thirds of the group, in Chanel.

6. [The artist formerly known as Prince], wearing a red Versace suit, stole the show with his new single about female private parts — forcing VH1 to run a parents’ advisory at the beginning of the broadcast. Same time next year?