"Who the hell is that?" said at least four people mingling along the runway Thursday morning before the 11 a.m. Richard Chai Love show at New York Fashion Week. "The blonde woman, do you know her name?" a small woman asked quietly, curious about the herd of photographers fighting to get photos of a blonde woman in the front row with her tied up in a bun.
"Wait... That's Ashlee Simpson?" someone else said skeptically. "I don't think so."
The back-and-forth went on for a few more minutes, until it was decided that the subject of the photographers' attention was indeed Ashlee Simpson.
She looks...different! Here's a photo from 2005:
Once Simpson's identity had been decided upon, those in the row behind her were eager to tweet about their sighting — Cristina Ricci was also at the show, but attendees seemed less excited about that. "Remember, her named is spelled with two E's!" a man told his friend. "I'm embarrassed that you even know that," she replied.