It had been years since we gave Leonor Varela a second thought — probably, in fact, almost a decade, since she was Cleopatra in that terrible TV movie starring Billy Zane (!!) as Mark Antony. And yet, in just our first hour at Fashion Week, we nearly saw too much of her:

BCBG Max Azria fashion show NYC

[Photo: Splash News]

I have no idea how, but despite this dress’s best efforts, nary a nip slipped. She’d get major points for this, had she not made it all the way out of her hotel and to the show without realizing her assets might be compromised. Also, she totally should have turned her head to the right, because as we realized later, gymnast Alicia Sacramone sat two seats down — and toting her newly minted Olympic silver medal. We are kicking ourselves that we didn’t find a way to fall into Alicia’s lap so that we could then accidentally touch it. Sigh. Jail would’ve been worth it.

– At BCBG, we also saw Vivica A. Fox, who wins the Understatement of the Week award ALREADY for her comment about Valentino being “very tan.”

– Nigel Barker ahoy! We saw the dreamy Top Model judge for the first time at Yigal Azrouel’s show. He does not change. He remains at the exact exquisite level of hotness with which he first breezed into our lives. Bless you, Nigel. In these turbulent times, we need you.

– A passel of actresses we weren’t aware even KNEW each other acted very friendly at Nicole Miller.