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VPL S/S 2011

VPL S/S 2011

There’s no denying that VPL designer Victoria Bartlett knows what’s up. So much so, that her latest theme was the concept of suspension. Offering an array of ultra-modern pieces, Bartlett exposed varied oscillations of suspension.

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Naeem Khan S/S 2011

Naeem Khan S/S 2011

This collection brought to mind some 70s influences, and Khan’s rich East Indian background is infused in this collection as it has been in the past. Khan keeps this collection very current with some tie-dyed looks, a big trend this season, as well as some great accessories designed by his wife.

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Georges Chakra S/S 2011

Georges Chakra S/S 2011

Chakra masterfully put together a cohesive, eye-catching show featuring eye-popping, jewel-encrusted cocktail masterpieces and diaphanous, wind-swept gowns.

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Frank Tell S/S 2011

Frank Tell S/S 2011

Known for his use of embossed leathers and hand-knit mohair concoctions, Tell didn’t stray far from house favorites for Spring 2011. Even the setting looked a little déjà vu, with its fluoro-lit backdrop. But that’s how his audience likes it: funky, familiar, and oh-so-Frank.

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ADAM S/S 2011

ADAM S/S 2011

Who knew American designer Adam Lippes was such a Francophile? This season, Lippes's ADAM collection was inspired by French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg’s character in The City of Your Final Destination.

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Bebe S/S 2011

Bebe S/S 2011

From the Mary Tyler Moore hairdo, to the azalea print dresses and the suede halter-tops, this collection looked almost as if a vintage store had emptied out its inventory.

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J. Mendel S/S 2011

J. Mendel S/S 2011

The show opened with flirty ballerina-inspired dresses (some of which had asymmetrical drape), making it clear that the designer behind the costumes of New York City Ballet’s spring rendition of Call Me Ben still had dancers on his mind.

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ParkChoonMoo S/S 2011

ParkChoonMoo S/S 2011

Combining the masculine with the feminine, diaphanous fabric was worn over tight sheath dresses that have geometric lattices of fabric, sometimes held together by exposed zippers.

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Bibhu Mohapatra S/S 2011

Bibhu Mohapatra S/S 2011

For Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Mohapatra created looks that can go easily from day to evening. This collection contained a lot of cocktail dresses, with an unbelievable amount of detail. Although some of these looks were slightly overworked, the wow factor was undeniable.

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Araks S/S 2011

Araks S/S 2011

Inspired by photographs of early 20th century Dutch farmers, Yeramyan Araks’ collection had an androgynous quality that worked in spurts, but seldom enhanced the feminine silhouette. Her most successful and commercial garment was a beautiful silk khaki, two-button blazer with matching silk khaki linen trousers.

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Mik Cire S/S 2011

Mik Cire S/S 2011

Steering away from the aggressive, in-your-face bravado of street fashion from a decade ago, Kim is designing for a more self-assured man, who is secure with himself and his place in the world, but still savvy.

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Tadashi Shoji S/S 2011

Tadashi Shoji S/S 2011

Tadashi Shoji continues the trend of ruffle embellishments, but adds his own special twist by turning the ruffles into rosette embellishments that cascade from the waist of the gown to the hem.  There are also elements of Madame Gres’ influence in the collection, evidenced in dramatic ruching, and a tiered Grecian effect.

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Monique Lhuillier S/S 2011

Monique Lhuillier S/S 2011

Monique Lhuillier drew from the duality of the Garden of Eden, where what is both beautiful and forbidden has its rightful place. The show opened with a simple, beautiful blush gazar strapless, pleated petal-bodice cocktail dress, and built momentum as each series of looks referenced the polarity of innocence and seduction.

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Rodarte S/S11

Rodarte S/S11

Wearable isn't a word that comes to mind when you think about Rodarte. This season they did what most fashion critics and department store buyers thought was impossible - they made interesting, concept ready-to-wear with the sensibility of a couture collection.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2011

Bubbling with colors, stripes, and bright yellows and reds, there were also a number of more muted neutral, khaki, and rusty-colored looks, along with some patterns (including one done in collaboration with artist Jesse Langille), to give the younger Marc Jacobs customer plenty to choose from in what appears to be a very optimistic line-up.

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Binetti Spring/Summer 2011

Binetti Spring/Summer 2011

In his debut collection, Diego Binetti turns to Mother Earth for inspiration. This collection celebrates the woman as a lush goddess in her ripe garden of earthly delights. The spring hues of pink carnation, cream, beige, yellow, and pale blues illustrate a woman who recognizes her own beauty reflected in the natural things around her.

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