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MALAN BRETON F/W 2010

Malan Breton sure knows how to put on a show. For S/S 2010, he opened his runway production with ballet dancers - an interesting concept that only half worked. This time around, Breton went to India for inspiration. “The inspiration for this collection comes from my niece, who was adopted from India.  I thought, that there is so much beauty in India - in the beautiful silks, and beadwork, that it would be a great inspiration for my Fall 2010 Collection. It is not literal, but you will see elements woven into the collection.”

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FRANK TELL F/W 2010

Looking to Frank’s pre-fall pieces and his most recent collection revealed last Friday evening, Tell has officially tapped into exactly what his good-looking-bad-girl demographic wants. He knows they desire wearable daily items that can easily be done up to become a showstopping outfit for the evening.

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CARMELITA MARTELL F/W 2010

Supermodels of the 1990s and their glamazon, tearing-up-the-runway-struts was the inspiration for Carmelita Martell’s Fall 2010 Collection. With a collection that referenced the shoulder-padded, micro-mini sheaths of the 90's, Martell elevates these power looks to a modern silhouette by utilizing the current trends of exposed zippers and metallic fabrics.

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KORTO MOMOLU F/W 2010

In her New York Fashion Week debut collection, Project Runway Season 5 runner-up Korto Momolu combined wonderful crocheted knits and sweater dresses with season-appropriate cowl and turtlenecks. This Liberian-native infused West African and Muslim influences into a collection that conjured up images of the roomy, caftan looks of the 70's, demonstrating the liberated woman’s penchant for clothes that spoke to her role as a world citizen, not bound by borders or politics.

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JOANN BERMAN F/W 2010

As a part of the Green Shows, Joann Berman presented a Fall 2010 Collection that combined one-of-a-kind sexy statement pieces with looks that could have appeared in the Broadway musical Hair to psychedelic, mod looks seen in London in the 1960's. As the models sashayed down the runway to Aretha Franklin’s Rock Steady and Evelyn Champagne King’s Shame, it was evident that Berman’s looks are not for the faint of heart. These clothes are for the fashion rebel or the don’t-give-a-damn fashionista who wants to make a statement at every turn.  

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MANUEL DE LA CRUZ F/W 2010

In his Fall 2010 Collection Revelations, Guatemalan designer Manuel de la Cruz chose to infuse his cultural connection to Mayan art in a runway show that emphasizes sexy feminine silhouettes and bold, eye-catching colors and shapes on the masculine frame. With a rich color palette of greens, deep purples, reds, and tans that reflect his Mayan background, de la Cruz uses different blends of wool and silk to create classic silhouettes that have a contemporary edge.  

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FASHION LOVES (HANUK) OPENING AT BELLHAUS

Dancing to the strains of ‘Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves’, the fashion scene photographer was spinning, jumping, and snapping as his first exhibition opened at Bellhaus boutique at 57 Bond on February 12th. Hanuk has been capturing the nightlife for such magazines as Interview, and has landed on everyone’s 'it list'.

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J. MENDEL F/W 2010

J. Mendel is always one of my favorite Fall/Winter collections, because you’re sure to see luscious furs. This season, with fur all over runway shows where one wouldn’t typically see them I rightly expected particularly wonderful looks – and I got them.

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PROENZA SCHOULER F/W 2010

Cropped  jackets, high-waisted heavily printed jeans, and varsity jackets in fur. These were looks for the cool kids on the block - and they were all in the front row to watch the models walk down the runway.  Prints were a huge part of the collection in blurred plaid that the designers took pictures of on a photocopy machine to create the effect.

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RODARTE F/W 2010

It’s been one of the most popular shows in the U.S. over the last few seasons, for the creativity and detail that goes into each look. Rodarte has taken their gothic looks of the past into a new direction for Fall 2010 ,and it’s a huge step forward for their brand. Inspired by their road trip through Texas, the Pasadena sisters became inspired by the landscape and their Mexican roots. Sleepwalking became the overall theme for the dreamy collection comprised of soft, nudes and Aztec type prints.

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GARY HARVEY F/W 2010

Eco-friendly clothes don’t just have to be garments that are biodegradable. The green movement in fashion encompasses more than that. The movement can also include recycled clothing, which is what British designer Gary Harvey is a master at. In his 2010 Fall runway presentation during New York Fashion Week, Harvey created recycled vintage couture made from scarves, army fatigues, laundry bags, old sweatshirts, denim, and even a wedding gown out of old newspapers. That's right, you heard me right the first time - old newspapers!!

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CHRISTIAN COTA F/W 2010

Drawing from the Cubist perspective of deconstructing form and color and rebuilding in a multitude of abstractions, for his Fall/Winter 2010 Collection, Christian Cota went back to his first love of painting to create garments that, at second or third glance, appear to be reassembled miasmas of color and structure. And that is what is so intriguing about this collection - there is always a new discovery.  His hand-painted kaleidoscope of colors suggests his flair for the dramatic, and his Latin heritage.  

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TOMMY HILFIGER F/W 2010

Not only did the show close out the official New York Fashion Week season, the American sportswear brand’s show also marked the last time a collection would be shown in the iconic Bryant Park tents. As such, the show’s attendees included a number of Hollywood’s A-list (as opposed to the reality C-listers running rampant in many other shows).  Among them were Ashley Olsen, Hayden Panettiere, Rosario Dawson, Penn Badgley, and Ed Westwick.

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BACKSTAGE AT NYFW: PART 1

There are few places more chaotic than backstage during New York fashion week.  Designers, models, dressers, stylists, and squads of beauty professionals unite with the common purpose of getting thirty to forty models on the runway at the appointed time.  The most common backstage sight is an array of models being pawed by four or […]

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ISAAC MIZRAHI F/W 2010

You know a show had a stunning impact when Fern Mallis and Linda Fargo bust out their cameras and start snapping away, and so was the case at this season’s Central Park-inspired Isaac Mizrahi collection.  Among those sitting front row were Russell Simmons, Andy Cohen, Veronica Webb and an impossible to miss Luanne a.k.a. the Countess from The Real Housewives of New York City who was wearing a fur-lined, fringed camel cape over a white cocktail dress (sure, because white cocktail dresses are totally weather-appropriate in mid-February). When the lights dimmed a live jazz band began to play (a wonderful Woody Allen-esque touch), and a parade of some of Mizrahi’s most beautiful garments made their way down the runway.

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MULBERRY F/W 2010

Mulberry showed the Autumn Winter '10 collection in The Library at Soho House in New York.  Inspired by an eclectic mix of the 'Valley of the Dolls" film, naughty English royalty, Hollywood theatricals and over-the-top animal prints the season is rich, decorative, glamorous and a little ironic.

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THE BLONDS F/W 2010

Walking into The Blond's show, the spirit of the infamous 90's Limelight party "Disco 2000" was alive and well. The audience was dazzling in sequined dresses, spiked head jewels, and coifs that I haven't seen since 1984. Last night was a glam fête that included Patricia Field, who sat front row with her in-house family.

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DOUGLAS HANNANT F/W 2010

Douglas Hannant has a fierce following, and the fashionable set gatherd in droves at The Kaye Playhouse to see his Fall 2010 collection.  A Banksy-esque set of graffitied panels infused the notoriously Uptown designer’s show with a bit of Downtown grunge.  The clothing evoked many an era past, with cues taken from the late 50’s - think sinister Mad Men - and latticed late 70’s.

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