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JOHN BARTLETT F/W 2010

Always designing with the masculine frame in mind, John Bartlett in his 2010 Fall Collection marries the disparate worlds of English game hunting and 70's gay iconography. Both men and women take a walk on the butch side in this homage to looks that conjure up the thrill of the hunt, whether it be wild game or a sexy sport of a different kind. Throw in an occasional tuxedo or two, and you have a collection that speaks to the man and woman who are not afraid to express the animalistic desire to conquer and control.  

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MARC JACOBS F/W 2010

Once again the most sought after ticket in town was the as-promised, celebrity-free Marc Jacobs show. MJ poses an interesting dilemma – if you say you love his work, people assume that because he’s fashion’s darling you love him blindly.  If you say you’re not the biggest fan of his work, then people question your taste. I will admit that I certainly don’t have a blind love for Marc Jacobs (think his Spring/Summer 2009 collection), so when I say that I loved his Fall Winter 2010 collection, it comes from a place of sincerity.

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HERVE LEGER F/W 2010

These aren’t dresses for the body conscious. You have to be physically and mentally ready to show off these bandage looking dresses that have been a huge rave for the past few seasons.  Taking inspiration from the ”being in shape” theme they helped to create with their signature dresses, the collection had a sporty element this season. Laced up dresses were done with color blocking, ribbons were formed along the body, and mesh was inserted into cut-out sections. There was a definite athletic reference but it was executed in a refined, couture manner. The pale color palettes were beautiful, and complimented the black and silver contrasts.

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ALICE + OLIVIA F/W 2010

This season, the Alice + Olivia presentation was held at the Gansevoort Hotel’s new spot, Provocateur, and featured music from the Misshapes and a live performance by Mickey Avalon - just the kind of splash you’d expect from one of today’s most well-known contemporary labels. I’ve never understood the mass appeal of the label given their prices and quality (why not go for Catherine Malandrino, Bailey 44, or even Theory?), but there’s no denying that the line, designed by Stacey Bendet, has a loyal following.

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RACHEL ROY F/W 2010

Rachel Roy has never been my cup of tea aesthetically. I respect the designer’s work, and actually do like some of the pieces from her lower-priced line at Macy’s (even if she knocked off Burberry, among others, for a number of the pieces in the collection), because she almost always manages to show a cohesive collection with a distinct point of view.

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REBECCA TAYLOR F/W 2010

When I think of Rebecca Taylor, I think of sweetly feminine separates and dresses, so I got excited when the first model made her way down the runway at the designer’s Fall/Winter 2010 show wearing a Charlie Chaplin-esque hat, tight-high black velvet boots, and a leopard cardigan.  Could we be in for a wilder, edgier Rebecca Taylor this season? Somewhat. There was still a parade of girly patterned and monochromatic looks (including ones with ruffles, fringe, sparkle and fur accents), but there was a London-cool (read: very Kate Moss) tint to a number of her looks.

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BETSEY JOHNSON F/W 2010

Perhaps the only designer who could sustain one's interest after seeing a mesmerizing Y-3 show is Betsey Johnson. Held on Valentine’s Day, her Fall/Winter show was titled “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and fittingly the models walked out on a hay-covered runway brandishing faux guns and badges. Guess who the first model was? None other than an uber-slender (thank you, Dancing with the Stars) Kelly Osbourne.

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ALEXANDER WANG F/W 2010

Business suits have never looked sexier. Pinstripe blazers, men’s trousers and button-up white collar shirts are not what you usually think of when you hear the name Alexander Wang.  But then again, Wang is most likely the only designer right now who could turn these pieces into a collection for cool hipsters.  And the even better news is that these artfully transformed staple business pieces are at a price point that all designer fans can afford.

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Y-3 F/W 2010

When it comes so sportswear, Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 line for adidas succeeds in every way which the Christophe Lemaire-designed Lacoste collection fails.  Where Lacoste had a wannabe, forced-cool feel (a la this past Valentino couture collection), no matter how Yamamoto plays with fabric, portions, colors and layering, he succeeds in making the resulting looks cool. Fittingly, the Y-3 show is one of the only ones where the too-cool-for-school attendees can get away with wearing sneakers – and many of them did – though surprisingly, I spotted more Jeremy Scott for adidas than Y-3.

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ANDY & DEBB F/W 2010

Andy & Debb are the Korean husband-and-wife duo that famously won the design contest to create the Korean McDonald’s uniform. Fittingly, there was somewhat of a redundancy to their F/W 2010 collection.  But then again, it’s well-tailored staples that people turn to the label for in the first place.

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VIVIENNE TAM F/W 2010

Origami and faux fur effects were strong points in Tam’s collection. She used texture to create the illusion of fur, and did so beautifully.  Youthful and clean, the collection showed off a polished simplicity. Military jackets were belted at the waist, silk cocktail dresses were cut out in asymmetrical designs creating origami effects and a little bit of sequin and sparkle added a touch of light to the matte fabrications.

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LACOSTE F/W 2010

No matter how many runway shows they do, it seems impossible for me to associate Lacoste with anything other than tennis shirts with a green crocodile logo. Perhaps this assumption is for the better, given the most recent Christophe Lemaire-designed collection.  The Fall/Winter 2010 collection was incredibly redundant and it is evident that Lacoste will never stray far from their sportswear/tennis roots.  But why have a runway show if you’re not going to try and do something at least somewhat new and fresh?

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ELISE ØVERLAND F/W 2010

Elise Øverland attracts plenty of celebrities to her shows, but that doesn’t mean other influential members of the fashion elite don’t follow the designer closely. At her F/W 2010 show, celebrities like Heidi Klum mingled among industry players like Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman. Despite this, Øverland is not a designer defined by the front row; her sculpted leather dresses and sleek velvet attire demonstrate high fashion, regardless of who is in attendance.

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ALEXANDER BERARDI F/W 2010

Just barely out of Parson’s School of Design, designer Alexander Berardi creates clothing that harkens back to that old school definition of class. Coming of age in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and summering in locales like Martha’s Vineyard clearly informed the designer’s work. He made his Fashion Week debut in September; his sophomore effort commenced in Chelsea’s Altman Building, to a house of glamorous eccentrics including downtown Warholian legend Leee Black Childers.

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PRABAL GURUNG F/W 2010

Color blocking, tailoring, and pretty dresses defined Prabal Gurung’s F/W 2010 show, his first at New York Fashion Week. Already with an influential celebrity following - including fans Demi Moore and Oprah - Gugung expanded his line of pretty dresses for stylish, sophisticated women for his inaugural showing.

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RACHEL ANTONOFF F/W 2010

This season, designer Rachel Antonoff took a rather unique approach to the typical fashion presentation. Antonoff showcased her wares throughout three old-fashioned hotel rooms of the Lafayette House, disguised as a crime scene expo. The adventures of famed teen sleuth Nancy Drew inspired the collection, which was styled by Paper Magazine’s Julia Frakes. Antonoff’s pastel palette was a welcome change to the dark hues typically shown during Fall/Winter.   Upon entering the presentation, guests were handed a list of suspects, with a story line to follow. The first room housed a gorgeous red headed, tape-outlined victim in a ruched chiffon dress with godet inserts of peach and baby blue appropriately, called "The Rainbow Dress". Models surrounded the “corpse,” playing photographer and detective, taking pictures and jotting down notes while guests walked by.

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GEN ART F/W 2010

Gen Art's newest kids on the scene showed their collections to the fashion elite and trendy bloggers alike on "Fashion Week Eve.” Media personalities like Elle’s Kate Lanphear and Dazed and Confused’s Susie “Style Bubble” Lau were among those in attendance. Molly Sims, once emcee on MTV’s “House of Style,” played host to the evening, which introduced newer designers GAR-DE, NOMIA, and WesFeld, and showcased the newest collection of already-established label Sophomore.

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EDITION BY GEORGES CHAKRAS F/W 2010

Georges Chakra got quite the boost a few weeks ago when Carrie Underwood walked the Grammy red carpet in an asymmetrical white Spring 2010 Edition by Georges Chakra gown. The gown Underwood opted for had silver leather stripes going across the bust and shoulders.  These stripes created an elegant slashing effect, which continued throughout the designer’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection.  

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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO F/W 2010

Friday was Project Runway day. After watching 10 contestants show their collections at the Project Runway season finale and being surrounded by more ex-contestants than I could count, there was serious mental energy required to go to the Christian Siriano show. Thankfully, Siriano - along with Leanne Marshall - is my favorite when it comes to the show’s past winners. 

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DOO.RI F/W 2010

Leave it to Doo Ri to add soft draping to a tailored jacket and make it work. She’s known for her elegant, jersey draping that transforms into tailored masterpieces. Only a skillful designer has the delicate touch to really make that work. Rich blues, electric beading, and washed out metallics were shown as mini dresses, tailored pants, and military jackets.

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