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Beyond Style at Fashion Week

And the splashiest event of Fashion Week wasn't the after-party for Calvin or Ralph or Donna, but a demented fashion show staged to mark the 100th anniversary of the agricultural giant that turned Central America into a series of banana republics long before Banana Republic was a brand. To the tune of the Chiquita jingle, a motley assortment of models walked a runway in fruit-themed costumes. "I'm Chiquita Banana and I'm here to say," sang a tinny voice, as transsexual Amanda Lepore sauntered down the runway showing impressive butt cleavage, "that bananas have to ripen in a special way." Now there's a tidbit you probably won't be reading in Vogue.

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