Former frenemies Nicole Richie, Rachel Zoe kiss and make up

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Hot Hollywood hair pair Byron Williams and top colorist Tracey Cunningham had an opening bash for their new Byron and Tracey Salon in Beverly Hills last week. The event was hosted by stylist/reality TV personality Rachel Zoe. And the night was dutifully filmed by a TV crew from her Bravo show, "The Rachel Zoe Project."

Bt_012909__325 Spotted in the crowd: Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Nicky Hilton, Rose McGowan, Jordana Brewster, Dean McDermott who creepily kept his hand on wife Tori Spelling's behind all night, Lisa Rinna, Brittny Gastineau, Debbie Matenopoulos and Natasha Henstridge.

Rachel Zoe arrived very fashionably late in a 1940s vintage frock that she "found at the bottom of her closet." Arriving even later was Nicole Richie, who made a beeline for her old pal/stylist, Rachel, and posed for several photos. Looks like that "raisin-face" crack has been forgiven. Just another Hollywood hatchet buried.Bt_012909__388

We asked Zoe about recessionistas vs. fashionistas on the red carpet:

"I don't think there are set rules about it," says Zoe. "The awards shows and the dresses still provide fantasy.  I think that life has to have a fantasy element to it, no matter what.  I don't think the dressing has been toned down during awards season or even in between.  There are still people that love all things about fashion and glamor and will still wear it. We're still seeing glamor and bling and as long as designers are making the dresses and the fantasy,  it will still be out there."

Some haute highlights:

Bt_012909__487 The Dish Rag asked Byron if the collapsing economy is affecting his hair trade.

"I don't really know yet," he replied. "We had the holidays and now awards season, so I probably won't know probably 'til March. I do have one client who used be really platinum blond and is now going a bit darker to save money."

Wonder who that could be?

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott held hands (cheese, guys. Get a room!) and goofed around with pal Lisa Rinna, who squealed when she spotted Karen Zambo, the designer of the dress she was wearing. The two women hugged and posed for cameras.

Later, when we asked Lisa Rinna about her Super Bowl plans, she admitted that she  "doesn't even know who's playing" on Sunday.

Neither do we, Lisa. Neither do we.

Reporting: Leah Sydney

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Photos (from the top): Nicky Hilton, Rachel Zoe and Byron Williams; Lisa Rinna and Jenny McCarthy; Rachel Zoe and Nicole Richie; Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.  Credit: Byron and Tracy Salon/ taken by Lisa Rose.

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