kate mara  Fashion & Sports With Kate Mara & Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Mara & Shay Mitchell at Badgley Mischka. Photo: Getty Images

Badgley Mischka may be one of the most red carpet-worthy shows during New York Fashion Week, yet somehow the conversation in the front row kept veering towards sports. Kate Mara compared the Fashion Week to the Super Bowl, noting that the one major difference is that you’re much more likely to be sipping a beer at the latter. “It’s such a different vibe. The Super Bowl is a lot more laid back,” she said with a laugh, adding, “It’s a party environment—you can wear sneakers!” Nearby, sportscaster Erin Andrews—definitely not in sneakers—defended Gisele, who was caught on film responding to hecklers after hubby Tom Brady’s team lost the Super Bowl. “It’s so much more than winning and losing and who’s catching the ball and who isn’t—it’s her husband’s life and she knows how much heart and soul he put into that,” she said, looking model-esque herself as she towered over nearly everyone in her ruffled one-shoulder Badgley Mischka dress.

Both women admitted that they’ve had their fair share of fashion disasters. “When I first got hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning—I was 22 at the time—I thought The Limited was the be-all, end-all. It was like, how many times can I wear this tank top in different colors?” remembers Andrews. For Mara, it was a well-intentioned beauty experiment gone awry that plagues her to this day: “I tried wearing red lipstick once and I was too young to be wearing it. Because I’ve been acting for a long time, there are always pictures, and every time I seen one I’m like, ‘Oh that isn’t a good choice.’ But you learn, right?” Yes—and you make sure that there isn’t someone like Joan Rivers to eviscerate you on TV.

And what would you know, just then Rivers emerged from backstage and dramatically walked to her seat. Kelly Osbourne broke out laughing at the sight of her Fashion Police co-host, but everyone else in the crowd suddenly sat up straight and gave their outfits the once-over. Kelly Bensimon nervously twirled her hair. Angela Simmons smoothed out her dress. Suddenly the big question became: Will I be Joan’s next target? Luckily, a few attendees took it all in stride. Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell, wearing what she described as an old Hollywood-style sheath, said after the show, “You know what? I don’t take [fashion] too seriously. I like to experiment and I know what works and what doesn’t when I’m looking back, and I’m all about having fun. If I have a bunch of fashion disasters in the future, I’m OK with it.”

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