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Rainbow Days, Runway Nights

What happens when major LGBT events and New York Fashion Week fall on the very same weekend? Why, you get to spend your days over the rainbow, and your nights on the runway! That's awesome AF, you know.

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EXPOnentially fabulous!

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New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center was a double delight, as the Original LGBT Expo and RuPaul's Drag Con took over, with feathers, glitter, peaches, and plums, all weekend long. There were amazing performances at both events, like the inimitable Tym Moss and Ron B (pictured above, hosting), and drag diva Peppermint, and a wild lineup of vocalists, pop stars, and performance artists. HUNNY.

It's Not Over, Until It's OVAH!

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With so much going on, it was hard to decide where to be at what time. You might catch legendary Billboard Top 40 house music king Kevin Aviance (pictured) bringing the house down, or see out actor and recording artist Lovari amping up the crowd. The Drag Con was a whirlwind of wigs and heels, all in homage to the one and only RuPaul, who has been sashaying into our living rooms for over three decades. It's that fierce, every day!

Meanwhile, On The Hangar Deck...

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Just a few blocks up the Hudson River from the Javits Center, the mighty USS Intrepid aircraft carrier hosted NYFW's outrageous Style Fashion Week. As the sun slipped over the horizon, fabulous new collections rose up on the glittering runway, including the dazzling works of Lord Burchen and haute couture designer Adrian Alicea. Notables in attendance included Ashley North and PR diva Yvonne Forbes. That's how to rock the boat, baby, with grace and elegance!

Dual Duty Calls For One Pop Star

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Here's Aaron Paul, the chart-busting former Worlds Apart frontman, hosting Small Boutique Fashion Week in Chelsea, where emerging designers like pint-size fashionista Savannah Banana and more grown-up designers, such as OMI and tie and men's accessory genius Roberto Lorenzo showcased their latest offerings. Aaron's eye-catching ensemble was the work of celebrity stylist Geary Marcello, who has created the unique looks of notables and theatrical productions all over the world.

What Joan Hath Wrought!

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The afternoon SBFW session was hosted by author, TV personality, and stylist Delvon Johnson (above, with his latest novel, Mirror, Mirror), co-star of the hot new Cafe Con Leche series on Footprint TV, and creator of the Fashion In The Fast Lane empire. who graced the catwalk in his signature heels and colorful scarf. The fashion world comes straight out of Delvon's books, to take the industry by storm, just like anti-heroine Joan Marks does in Love Yourself First. Slay!

Back And Forth We Go

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Soon, it was time to crisscross the streets of Manhattan, and return to the LGBT Expo, for Aaron Paul's electrifying headline performance on the Main Stage. With makeup done to perfection by coiffure expert Mark De Alwis, the pop impresario had the audience on the edge of their seats, with hit songs like Sexy Dirty Talk, and the Pulse Nightclub tribute song Every Life Matters, which he performed with Tym Moss and Ron B. Aaron has just released a modern remake of Rufus &
Chaka Khan's
classic '80s hit, Ain't Nobody. Oh, and there's a huge birthday bash for him this Tuesday, at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in the heart of NYC's Greenwich Village. It starts at 9:30 PM, tell 'em Nathan sent you.

There's Beauty Behind The Scenes, Too!

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Meet model Nick Arrington, as he gets ready to walk in SBFW. His thoughts are on the runway, where he'll display trendsetting creations, along with scores of his colleagues. Modeling is demanding, and Nick's quiet, sculpted beauty speaks to the effort and diligence each model puts into his or her unique look. Give a moment of pause to appreciate these professionals, who, after all, are the people that make Fashion Week happen, for real, every single season!

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