Ugly Betty Beauty Sums Up Fashion Week: 'Utter Chaos!'

Becki Newton, the 29-year-old actress who stars as Amanda, the sharp-tongued receptionist in ABC’s Ugly Betty, was poking around backstage after Monique Lhuillier showed her fall collection on Tuesday in Bryant Park.

“All of the girls sitting in the front row are going to have a fight over those dresses,” she said, “because they are all amazing and flattering and beautiful.”

Ms. Newton’s companions in the front row included several other actresses (Sophia Bush, Brittany Murphy, Amy Smart and Perrey Reeves of Entourage). Though it was only her second visit to the runway, she said Ugly Betty, which is set at a fashion magazine called Mode, had helped prime her. “It’s pretty dead-on as far as the representation of this sort of world,” Ms. Newton said.  “In fact, this might be crazier, this might be more over-the-top—and this is reality! Right before the show started we walked through the backstage area and it was utter chaos.  Hair flying everywhere, make-up everywhere, people running around naked.” Ugly Betty Beauty Sums Up Fashion Week: 'Utter Chaos!'