killerwail, I fully agree! I'm shooting with a D3x @ 24 MP, and I'm fully satisfied with it. For the few times when I need an even bigger resolution and ultimate quality, I rent a medium format.
My lighting equipment is all Broncolor, and (apart from Profoto) I know no other flashes that work more reliable and have a better performance.
But for all who are beginning with fashion photography, I suggest starting with a semi-pro model (like Nikon D300) or one of the smaller pro-models (D700) (or the resp. Canon bodies). You need time to try yourself. I shot my first 200 k digital pics with small cameras. And I still think that the lenses are more important than the bodies! Digital technology is developing that fast, you'll need a new body every 2 years, but you can work with a superior lens for >20 years.