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Caroline Issa at Viktor & Rolf

Caroline Issa of Tank Magazine wore a number of great outfits over Paris fashion week, but this one from the Viktor & Rolf show has to be my favorite. I love the elaborate embroidery on this black dress, very 1940s, like the vintage needlepoint bag Ulyana Sergeenko carried earlier in the week. (You can find lots of them on eBay if you’re in the market.)

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Black and White Print, Outside Issey Miyake

Loved the graphic print on this black and white top outside the Issey Miyake show. The maxi skirt with blue colorblocking, red striped belt and wooden bead necklaces take it up another notch. And! The metallic polka dot bag. A great look.

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Green Floral Maxi Dress, Outside Rag & Bone

Lauren Tardanico Vreeland

For the whole summer, many of us have had one go-to print: stripes. Well now I’m sick of them (at least until Resort 2012). Dark florals are a nice way to usher in the fall, as with the green floral pattern on this belted maxi dress, seen outside the Rag & Bone show.

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Ruby Aldridge at Alexander Wang

Model of the moment Ruby Aldridge, who walked Saturday’s Alexander Wang show, exited the show in a long sheer black skirt, biker boots, multiple handbags and gray top with a Southwestern motif.

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Backless Maxi Dress, Prince Street

Bill Cunningham managed to spot way more maxi dresses than short shorts this summer, particularly near his usual stomping grounds on 57th and Fifth, the opposite of what we saw downtown. It begs the question: do downtowners dress much differently than uptowners? Here’s a bohemian version of the maxi dress, backless and floral, downtown on Prince Street.

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Short Shorts Overalls, Union Square

One of the most interesting fashion stories this year is the huge trend that wasn’t: maxi skirts. Despite their appeal to the fashion set (including me, who featured them on this blog several times), on the streets they lost major ground to short shorts, a counter trend. One of my friends described her failed attempt at maxi skirts and dresses this way: “My husband hates long skirts.”

Is it the extreme heat or the avoidance of man repellent clothing that won out? Who knows, but the people have spoken. Short shorts like this cool outfit of black linen overalls and a backpack have become the uniform of summer 2011.

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14 Great Maxi Skirts

As we saw this past spring at during Fashion Week, maxi skirts are stealing the show for spring/summer 2011. Flowy and feminine, in solid pastels, romantic florals or graphic prints, they’re a breeze to wear even in the hottest weather. Whereas dresses in this length can overwhelm non-models, long skirts look great on average-height women.

These 14 maxi skirts range from $23 into the hundreds of dollars – though since this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it may be time to splurge.


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Parsons BFA Fashion Show 2011

Many of the looks at Monday’s fashion show of graduating Parsons BFA students were so polished that it prompted designer host Reed Krakoff to say: “I feel like I should go back to school.” There were certainly a lot of references in the students’ work – at times we wanted to shout out “Prada!” “Celine!” “Jil Sander!” at different outfits coming down the runway – but what was interesting is how the work diverged from the big design houses.

The idea that hemlines have to be either short, long or knee length was cast aside in favor of skirts, tunics, shorts and pants that were multilayered, often in sheer fabric. There was plenty of draping for draping’s sake – extra swags added just for ornamentation. Influences spanned the globe from Africa to Afghanistan. All in all the show was a breath of fresh air in the New York fashion world. And who knows which one of these kids will be the Marc Jacobs of tomorrow? Some highlights from the show, after the jump.


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Striped Maxi Dress, The Bowery

Longer hemlines are definitely not translating into dowdier looks for this season. Jersey maxi dresses are one popular interpretation of longer hemlines for a sporty, sexy daytime outfit. Love how she’s mixed this striped maxi dress with bright accessories: a yellow bag and red belt.

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Tweed Jacket Embellished With Flowers, Outside Chloe

If, like me, you get stuck in a rut and keep wearing black and gray even though it’s spring, take a cue from this model off duty. She may be wearing a black cowl neck sweater and black lace skirt, but she tops it off with a colorful tweed jacket adorned with flowers. Making an effort!

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Joanna Hillman at Donna Karan

Joanna Hillman looked particularly glamorous at the Donna Karan show in a long, silver sequined skirt by J.Crew. It works beautifully for daytime when paired with a black blazer.

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Trend Report: Long Skirts

You know the maxim: when the economy goes south, so do hemlines. But if long skirts sound dowdy and depressing to you, think again. The skirts on guests at New York Fashion Week came in florals, graphic patterns, pretty pastels or vivid colors in lightweight fabrics like silk and chiffon. Worn with heavy jackets or peeking out from under long coats, the new long skirts provide a flash of color and movement that hints at spring. (more…)

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Long Floral Skirt and Turban, Prabal Gurung

Spotted after the Prabal Gurung show in front of the Empire Hotel, this girl has amazing personal style. A long silk floral skirt mixed with shearling booties, hoop earrings and a turban – red! velvet! affixed with a brooch! – it’s very outré, original bohemian chic.

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Joanna Hillman at Rachel Comey

The ever-fashionable Joanna Hillman of Harper’s Bazaar arrived at yesterday’s Rachel Comey show. Note the new, longer skirt length! And the green coat with an oversize fur collar is a winner. Also note the difference in shoes: many fashion editors are eschewing last year’s teetering stiletto platforms for more practical lace-up boots and a chunkier heel.

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Chloe SS2011

Chloe’s autumn/winter 2010 collection has already proved highly influential this fall with its wide-legged trousers and camel coats, so the spring/summer 2011 show was a must-see for many. The distinctive colors of Chloe’s fall line were on display on the guests in the Tuileries.

Anja Rubik in a Chloe silk jumpsuit.


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