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CHRISTIAN SIRIANO S/S 2010

I had been looking forward to the Christian Siriano show all week.  Unfortunately, like the Barbie show last season and the Custo Barcelona one the season before, Spring/Summer 2010 Siriano was total madness. A huge crowd of people were pushing and shoving, trying to make their way into the tents and with only a handful of people checking guests in the process was endless. Needless to say I never made it in. I was still trying to check in when the show started making my one-hour-plus of waiting time a complete bust.

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VIVIENNE TAM S/S 2010

Vivienne Tam’s collection was this season titled ‘Butterfly Lover’ and the inspiration behind the title was apparent in every look. There was an endless parade of boho flowy tops and dresses, loud clashing prints, many of the looks were accessorized with 70s-style Pocahontas-esque fringed bags, and nearly every look had a butterfly of some sort on it.

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THOM BROWNE S/S 2010

Thom Browne has a reputation for presenting the unexpected. From skirts for men to a three-legged pant, the designer, known for popularizing the ankle-bearing pant, has done it again. This season, his collection was called ‘Mermaids in war paint’. Forgoing the usual runway or studio presentation, the designer chose to show his Spring 2010 collection at his store.  

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ALEXANDER WANG’S AFTERPARTY

It's generally agreed that Alexander Wang's afterparty is the party everyone wants to go to, and this season was no different.Fashion's "it" boy sealed off a gas station near Milk Studios on 14th Street, and immediately caused a line to snake around the block. The twitosphere was instantly abuzz about the party, which featured alcohol and whatever you might want from the gas station. 

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THE NYFW ‘DRUNKOREXIA’ PHENOMENON

Trust me, this phenomenon is quite contagious.  And, during fashion week, it can prove deadly.  Drunkorexia spreads the same way that a cold does: via thoughtlessness.  By the time it hits, you think of all you could have done to prevent it.  With a cold, there are the hot showers and raincoats you missed.  With drunkorexia, you will have barely finished your first drink when you find yourself thinking, "Dear me, I missed dinner and lunch was..." 3...2..1... uh oh.

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JEREMY LAING S/S 2010

Toronto-based designer Jeremy Laing has garnered a loyal following since debuting his eponymous line in 2005. This season, the designer infused geometric shapes with his signature tailored looks to create another standout collection. 

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BOY BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS S/S 2010

Always a touch theatrical, Scott Sternberg listed a number of influences for his Spring 2010 collection. The Jacques Cousteau documentary, Le Monde du Silence was a starting point, but inspiration took off from there, including references to Sesame Street characters ‘Snuffaluffagus’ and ‘Cookie Monster’ and his stylist Tina Chai, all coming together for the designer’s interpretation of “Malibu in the ‘70s”. 

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JASON WU S/S 2010

This season was the first time I didn’t find Jason Wu’s collection reminiscent of Oscar de la Renta. There was a younger, more playful vibe to his looks. Wu is an expert at mixing and matching textures and colors and at working with prints, all of which he displayed in his collection this season.   Unfortunately, while Wu creates dresses and skirts with almost couture-like precision, his pants failed time after time to flatter, and often looked like unbecoming inverted harem pants.

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ANDY & DEBB S/S 2010

Korean husband and wife team, Andy Kim and Debbie Yoon,  presented a wonderful collection this season that played up the contrasting feel of structure versus movement. The collar was the focal point on a number of the looks - most notably a linen and silk mesh layered shift dress with a delicately fluttering circle-cut collar that opened the show. The circle detailing made its way back as a breezy touch on a number of looks throughout the show, including a mesh print cotton shift dress with an oversized organza collar that had the audience flashing their cameras, and on the back of a handful of garments via pleated chiffon resulting in a beautiful fluttering effect.

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MONARCHY S/S 2010

Monarchy was a surprisingly star-studded show – at least compared to most of the other shows at Bryant Park, which have been fairly low in star numbers. I walked in behind Janice Dickinson who was being escorted by infamous PR power girl Lizzie Grubman, and spotted a 90210 starlet, Rev Run's daughters, and Robert Verdi - all seated front row. As for the show, it consisted of only 35 looks split near evenly between men and women. Despite the relatively few looks, however, the show felt somewhat repetitive (perhabs more so due to the lack of originality than to repeats in silhouettes, as there were a variety of shapes, fits, and shades making their way down the runway), but there’s no denying the wearability of the clothing. 

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ERIN WASSON X RVCA S/S 2010

The highly anticipated third collection of the Erin Wasson x RVCA collaboration did not disappoint its loyal followers. Fans of the model-turned-designer have come to expect a surfer-turned-LES hipster aesthetic, and while this season’s collection was infused with more embellishments than past, it was more of the same.   

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NICOLE MILLER S/S 2010

Nicole Miller has always had a special place in my heart. I wore her designs to every major event in my pre-teen to early teen life, and have countless joyous memories in her dresses. It has been years, however, since I’ve worn any one of her designs - but looking at her collection this season may well change that in the coming months.

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CYNTHIA STEFFE S/S 2010

Feminine and pretty with lots of chiffon ruffles are the core ingredient for Cynthia Steffe’s Spring 2010 runway show.  Little mini, breezy dresses paired with boyfriend blazers gave Steffe fans plenty of choices to mix and match pieces into their wardrobes effortlessly.

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ON THE STREET: NY Fashion Week

In a fabulous, entirely vintage, Gianni Versace outfit, Bryan Abrams was arguably the best dressed man out on the town for New York’s Fashion’s Night Out. Mr. Abrams came into the city just for the festivities, hanging out at the tents and watching The September Issue to “get in the mood” for the first of, hopefully, many more years of the fashion world’s new biggest party night.

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TWINKLE BY WENLAN S/S 2010

Twinkle by Wenlan showed a wearable, straightforward contemporary collection this season. It featured a number of prints, and a color palette that included reds, blues, hot pinks, yellows. However, the best looks were those done in contrasting black and white, many of which featured interesting textures – patterned sheers, crinkles faille, and sheer black fabrics.  

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YIGAL AZROUEL S/S 2009

I left Yigal Azrouel’s collection feeling 10 lbs lighter. Every piece was more delicate and ethereal than the one before. There was a dream-like quality to the designer's collection this season especially given that it was done in a predominately muted color palette (though there were pops of yellow, orange, and blue along with some prints).

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CHARLOTTE RONSON S/S 2010

While there was no Lindsay Lohan spotting at this season’s Charlotte Ronson show, all the Ronson siblings were present -- including Samantha, who was DJing and Annabelle, who walked the runway - along with Nicky Hilton, Russell Simmons, Erin Wasson, and Erin Lucas. As for the show, it was all about ballerinas and the 80's.

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BACKSTAGE AT CHARLOTTE RONSON S/S 2010

The backstage at Charlotte Ronson was so packed that I overheard a security guard saying that people were going to have to be forced out because they were breaking fire safety codes. Needless to say, I made my way in and out as fast as possible. I did manage to get some scoop on the hair looks which, given the 80's/ballerina-inspired collection, were fittingly done-up in chignons.

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BCBG MAX AZRIA S/S 2010

The BCBG Max Azria show is an odd phenomenon. Season after season, the show is packed to the brim with celebs (this season brought-out Theodora and Alexandra Richards, Leigh Lezark, Solange Knowles, and Amanda Bynes), despite the fact that few celebrities actually ever wear BCBG on the red carpet. Given the celeb hype, it’s always one of the most sought after shows to attend, and there’s never a dearth in pushing and shoving. That said, as someone who wears BCBG on a regular basis seeing the new collection is always exciting. This season Max and Lubov Azria showed-off what the duo does best – party frocks and killer accessories. 

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MONIQUE LHUILLIER S/S 2010

Buyers and press were greeted for the presentation of designer-with-child Monique Lhuillier’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection inside the famed Christie’s auction house with abundant champagne and decidedly upbeat music. The garments on display were a mix of long and short cocktail dresses, worn by tall models in charming panama hats. The looks were inspired, Lhuillier says, by “the intricate draping of the Masai Warriors.”

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