Stars come out for Fashion Rocks

Fashion ShowsEntertainmentMusic IndustryBeyonceDuran Duran (music group)Joss StoneStevie Nicks

When fashion rocks, singers-turned-designers Gwen Stefani and Beyonce pull out all thestops.

Stefani put on a slinky silver dress worthy of a screen siren at Thursday night's Fashion Rocksconcert that kicked off New York Fashion Week, and Beyonce -- along with her fellow members ofDestiny's Child -- wore shimmery babydoll dresses.

The concert, to be shown Friday night on CBS, brought together some of music's biggest and mostfashionable stars to celebrate the link between style and song.

Richard Beckman, the show's producer and president of The Conde Nast Media Group, whichpublishes Vogue and GQ, said "music defines the epochs of fashion over the years.

"Music stars have always been fashion icons. Think of The Beatles coming off the plane, the mods of 'the newromantics,' Madonna, David Bowie."

Last night, Bowie looked like a billboard for sleek chicness --until you looked down: His seemingly perfect suit had pants that only reached his ankles. Hisstunning wife, Iman, made up for that faux-pas in a clingy, skin-colored gown decorated with crystals.

"Music influences fashion and vice versa," said Tina Chai, the show's stylist. "You have to strike theright balance of both sex and sophistication."

Bowie wasn't the only '80s rocker there Thursday.

"Style has always been very important to us," said Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes backstage before theshow. "We grew up in the '70s. Music was glam rock, punk rock and a very stylish movement."

Recalling Duran Duran's very first photo shoot, Rhodes said he and his bandmates went to a collegecampus in London and asked the edgiest students they could find to come up with the band'swardrobe. "We liked what they came up with at the time, but, yes, they'd be a little dated now."

The band, known for songs like "Rio" and "Hungry Like a Wolf," wore suits when performing "Girls onFilm" with a gaggle of women dressed in clothes designed by Stefani, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Sean"Diddy" Combs and Jay-Z behind them.

The big finale was Billy Idol's "White Wedding," and for that number models were dressed in bridalgowns by Roberto Cavalli, John Galliano, Chanel and Vera Wang, among others.

Hanging out in the green room with model wife Marisol, Rob Thomas said he gives some thoughtinto his wardrobe, especially what he wears on stage, but not too much. "I like something with aclassic touch. That way, it's easy." So, what did Thomas wear for his duet of "Stop Dragging My HeartAround" with Joss Stone channeling Stevie Nicks? Jeans and a T-shirt.

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