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Donna Karan SS2011

Quintessential New York designer Donna Karan received rave reviews for her last collection, and her latest show this past Monday was a big draw on the fashion week circuit. Chic business attire was the look for this weekday show.


“Greige” is slated to be the It color for fall 2010, as with this grayish-beige dress with sculptural folds, bag and knotted sandals. (more…)

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Marc Jacobs Show

Marc Jacobs has always been a master at creating fairy tales, so it seemed more than fitting that on the night of the Marc Jacobs show, snow began to fall as guests left the scene. The snow globe effect prolonged the magical feeling of the show itself, where “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from Frederick Sanchez’s soundtrack set the stage for a dreamy collection.

A tweed menswear-style double breasted coat and satchel bag echoed the relatively conservative (for Marc Jacobs) clothes in the fall 2010 collection. (more…)

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Malandrino

Though her latest designs aren’t even on shelves yet, there was an interesting interplay between Catherine Malandrino‘s Fall Winter 2010 collection and what the fashionable guests wore to the presentation last week. Leopard, fur and leather were just as present on the models as they were outside the show.

A model in a goat skin leopard print coat and tweed pants from the Malandrino Fall Winter 2010 collection. (more…)

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Ports 1961

Ports 1961 has gained more and more attention since the brand started showing in the Bryant Park tents at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week a few years ago. Designer Tia Cibani’s ethereal but practical designs attracted top editors and trendsetters to Thursday’s show.

Dove Gray, Ports 1961

On the runway, pale dove gray is wonderfully flattering and is emerging as a big color for fall 2010. (more…)

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Calvin Klein Show SS10

It was high-octane glamour outside the Calvin Klein show at their showroom off Seventh Avenue on Thursday. A celebrity contingent including Eva Mendes, Molly Sims, Miranda Kerr, Rose Byrne and Kerry Washington arrived to take in the show. And the rest of the attendees didn’t look too shabby, either.

Miranda Kerr, Calvin Klein Show

Miranda Kerr in a beige Calvin Klein number that showed off the Victoria’s Secret Angel’s assets. (more…)

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3.1 Phillip Lim Show SS10 – Front Row

The fashion set broke out yet another round of fabulous outfits for day seven of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where Phillip Lim showed in the tents. Set against a 007-esque mirrored backdrop, the collection featured sportswear in relaxed layers, gray with pops of red, and a trompe l’oeil pleated dress that was white walking in one direction, black walking back. The sequined party clothes were especially appealing.

Leather Mini, Phillip Lim Show

A successful take on the ’80s look – very “Addicted to Love” meets Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. Expect to see more PVC/leather skirts like this through the winter – and yes, tube skirts are back. (more…)

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Show SS10

Though Marc by Marc Jacobs is an American brand, the clothes have this quirky chic that seems quintessentially Parisian – even more so now that Marc lives in Paris. Lynn Yaeger stood outside with one of her reporter colleagues, marveling at all the clothes going by. The show attracts a creative crowd that really sees fashion as a form of self-expression – including Yaeger herself.

Lynn Yaeger at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Show

Definitely one of Yaeger’s most fabulous outfits ever. Her sense of style is timeless – for instance, she’s been wearing oxfords, one of the big trends of the season, for years now, and the intarsia doggie detail on the corner of her sweater evoked the lions in the “Doctor Doolittle” theme of Anna Sui’s show – the show that would take place the day after this photo was taken. (more…)

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Diane von Furstenberg Show SS10 – Front Row!

We got a special look at the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2010 front row, which was packed not just with the usual fashion crowd but with DVF pals and luminaries like Graydon Carter, propietor of the crazy-hot Monkey Bar and the Waverly Inn. When Carter and his friend Fran Lebowitz were asked if they could be photographed together, Lebowitz quipped, “Oh good. I’ll look young.”

Graydon Carter and Fran Lebowitz, Diane von Furstenberg Front Row

They both have great taste in blazers.

Tons of celebs and fashion faves – Michelle Tractenberg, Peaches Geldof, Carine Roitfeld and more after the jump. (more…)

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Erin Wasson x RVCA Show SS10

It was a dark and stormy Friday night, yet still the fashion folk (Joe Zee, Kate Lanphear, models and more) showed up for Texas model-turned-designer Erin Wasson, whose studied cool collection for RVCA has gained quite a following.

Belted Jacket, Motorcycle Jacket, Fur Vest: Three Chic Women, Erin Wasson Show

Three chic women. On the left, she feminizes a boyfriend blazer by cinching it at the waist with a wide black belt. Center – a great take on the ’80s look, with a studded leather jacket, black mini, and cowboy boots that nod to Erin Wasson’s Texas roots. Fabulous hair and makeup that’s ’80s-influenced without being over-the-top. Right, super skinny black jeans worn with a (faux?) fur vest over a tee for warmth.

If you’re still wondering how to wear black ankle boots, this photo should be your guide: just wear them as you would classic black pumps. (more…)

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Street Chic (and Red Carpet): 2009 CFDA Awards

Rachel Zoe in Louis Vuitton, 2009 CFDA AwardsWhen the fashion world brings a Hollywood date to an awards ceremony, the glamour quotient is extreme. This was black tie dressing at its best and most tricky, since the skies alternately threatened rain or just plain mugginess. But both the male and female guests pulled it off with aplomb, playing with hemlines (of both trousers and dresses) and reinterpreting what “black tie” means for 2009.

The “muse” theme of this year’s CFDA Awards (Council of Fashion Designers of America) encouraged designers to bring someone who inspires them as a date. You could almost imagine them designing clothes with a specific beautiful woman in mind.

It also meant that the women were accompanied by designers for this fashion event, not their husbands/significant others, who stayed at home. Everybody wins! (more…)

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Marc Jacobs FS09

Nowhere was the radical change in NY Fashion Week more apparent than at the Marc Jacobs show. Where last season Posh and JLo walked the red carpet hand in hand amid a crush of paparazzi, now there were just gates, strict warnings about invitations, a small group of editors and buyers going in, and one very disappointed paparazzo standing next to me. But the end result isn’t that different from a (not much) earlier time before celebrities discovered fashion week, when it was actually all about the clothes.


Melissa Ventosa-Martin of TMagazine, right, in a fabulous feather (?) coat.
Anna Wintour arrived 25 minutes ahead of time, though she is even harder to photograph now that she comes with two very large bodyguards blocking the way. A result of the fact that 60 Minutes may be doing a story on her? P.S. This may be the only time that you’ll ever see Anna Wintour and Ray’s Pizza in the same frame.

Carine Roitfeld. She wore this coat several times during fashion weeks here and in Europe. It’s a myth that the fashionably dressed “never wear the same outfit twice.” In fact, it seems that when they’re really in love with a piece, they’ll wear it over and over. Certainly a more sensible (and economical) approach.

Cropped trousers like these will soon be everywhere for spring.

Brightly striped cardigan.


This mix of lurid colors looked quite jarring as this woman was going into the Marc Jacobs show; after it was over, however, it seemed prescient. Marc Jacobs showed a lot of loud ’80s colors that injected a note of optimism for fall – photo below from Style.com.

Love the slash of bright red lips against the neutral gray of her trench.

A quirky haircut and funky blazer.

The fur flies as this woman runs to get to the show in time. Ever since the complaints about his show starting hours late a couple years back, Jacobs has been almost sadistically punctual.

An excellent menswear look.

More menswear style, this time on Roberta Myers, editor in chief of Elle.

Joe Zee in a Barbour jacket.


Her rolled up shorts fall into that “boyfriend”-anything trend. Also watch for camouflage and any army-navy-store type clothing – very recession-friendly.

A fellow photographer who looked to be a model-turned-photographer – very pretty and chic.

Love, love the dilapidated chic of this outfit. The scuffed loafers and Burberry trench look like relics of wealthier times.


It’s true – bowl cuts are appearing on women. It doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to try right now, but if you wait 30 seconds, it may get annoying.

Chanel bags are another totem of dilapidated chic. Since they’re classic, you could have bought it years ago, or even got it from Mummy. Either way, it looks right.

A great mix of high-low with the fur jacket and jeans, plus the sparkly headband.

Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar steppin’ out in some hot shoes.

Kate Lanphear of Elle joking around with some guy friends. She was captured in a similar outfit by TopShop, which featured her in their newsletter – a fashion coup!


More colored fur.
Nina Garcia in all black.


Cecilia Dean in a striking black-and-white coat.


Meredith Melling Burke carrying a still-fab Chloe handbag.

Lynn Yaeger’s mash-up vintagey style seems particularly a propos this year.

A detail shot of her amazing embellished Gucci bag – rabbits! – and knit scarf – cartoon characters!

Grace Coddington carrying a Stephen Sprouse Louis Vuitton bag.

The leopard print is great, but this model has amazing hair! Wavy-haired girls, this is your moment.

A model after the show, proudly sporting the ’80s hair and makeup from the runway.


Another model in outrageous ’80s hair and makeup. Where to go to show it off? Too bad Area is no longer.

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Fashion Week SS09: Marc by Marc Jacobs

There were lots of playful daytime looks among the ranks of people attending the Marc by Marc Jacobs show.

Black and white cape and a modified cloche hat.


Her colorful necklaces were echoed by similar looks on the runway.

She wears black wayfarer-type sunglasses and a shorts suit; he wears a collegiate blazer with crest of arms.
White cotton dress for fall and a cardigan with skull detail.

Velvet bow tie.
A beautifully sophisticated look–black satin for day.

Joe Zee in a suit, Kate Lanphear in gray high-waisted trousers.

Purple is popping up everywhere now, but stick to a deep, royal purple like this one or you’ll look like a purple people eater.

An elegant suit gets a little edge from sexy sandals.

Black and white.
Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus in a skinny tie. Let’s assume he had nothing to do with that Dallas Cowboys “wow gift” in the Christmas Book.

These super skinny jeans are in, but they must be paired with booties or heels, not the flats of years past.

Fuchsia houndstooth dress.
Male models leaving the show.
THE SHOW

Marc by Marc Jacobs is another show to watch for very practical purposes–to see what we’ll all be wearing next spring. Here Jacobs took the mismatchy looks of the designer collection and translated them into pale neutral stripes, plaids, and tribal prints for his contemporary line. The hook? There’s always a little mischief in a Marc by Marc Jacobs line. In this case it was the ultra short swingy dresses and fanny packs as accessories.

Men’s mismatching in gray.
Pale ecru colors offset with strands and strands of Caribbean-esque necklaces.

Full, high-waisted, belted shorts were a theme of the collection.

Note the washed-out denim, which should be everywhere come spring. Lace-up flat booties add a pop of color.

He takes a utility-belt approach to the fanny pack, actually making it look cool. You can attach several colorful purses to this one wide studded b
elt.

A cute one-shoulder jumpsuit that flirts with the idea of androgyny. Note the layered belts and accessories that characterized this collection.

Beautiful metallic trench for day.

Men’s looks included a lot of rumpled trenches and roomy colorful pants like these.

View the whole collection on NYMag.com.

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Fashion Week SS08: Anne Klein

And on the seventh day, the fashion world wore jeans.

It’s a testament to Isabel Toledo’s talent that so many heavy hitters came to the Anne Klein show on the last morning of a particularly grueling fashion week. The artsy Toledo lent a dose of chic and a bit of folly to the traditionally straight-laced brand, where she is entering her second season, without straying too far from its core audience. Suits had an industrial edge. Taking a cue from her husband Ruben, she painted washed silk dresses with colorful flowers. Truly original.

Plum Sykes in jeans
painted jeans



painted everything
colorless glasses frames

Simon Doonan in jeans.



Lynn Yaeger and Mickey Boardman

Anna Wintour

painted tee
Joe Zee

detached lapels and skinny black jeans
A hand-painted dress at the show. Look for the whole collection on WWD.com later today.

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Fashion Week SS08: Anne Klein

And on the seventh day, the fashion world wore jeans.

It’s a testament to Isabel Toledo’s talent that so many heavy hitters showed up for Anne Klein, where she is now entering her second season, on the last morning of a particularly grueling fashion week. The artsy Toledo lent a dose of chic and a bit of folly to the traditionally straight-laced brand without straying too far from its core audience. Suits had an industrial edge. Taking a cue from her husband Ruben, she painted washed silk dresses with colorful flowers. Truly original.

Plum Sykes in jeans
painted jeans



painted everything
colorless glasses frames

Simon Doonan in jeans. OK, he’s been wearing them all week. Different pairs, presumably.



Lynn Yaeger and Mickey Boardman

Anna Wintour

painted tee
Joe Zee

skinny black jeans with platform boots

detached lapels and skinny black jeans
A hand-painted dress at the show. The whole collection should be on WWD.com later today.
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Fashion Week FS07: Bill Blass

Who is the Bill Blass customer? It’s a question that has burdened the label in the past, but this season’s collection attracted a nice crowd. For fall ’07, a mix of socialites of all ages showed up, plus some familiar faces in the fashion pack.

There was something for everyone at the show. The Bill Blass stalwarts got their suits, which were swingy and modern, and the younger set got party dresses that were – are you sitting down? – drop dead sexy. Yes, that’s right: “Bill Blass” and “sexy,” in the same sentence.


Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar, above

Joe Zee of Elle, above

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