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Costume National Spring 2013 Runway Review

Costume National's show was a story of proportions. Asymmetric hems and jagged layers wove throughout and slivers of skin peeked out from every angle. Looks were spliced and reconstructed but surprisingly never looked half done. Quite the contrary, actually, a few of the looks were slightly overworked and the result was a garment without purpose. With conceptual designers, even ones as wearable as Costume National, there's always a line drawn between concept for concept's sake and directional fashion and with this collection, there were a few looks that had us scratching our heads. Noteworthy pieces included the incredibly wearable finale dress which could walk off the catwalk and onto any city street without alteration, and the colorblocked half tuxedo jackets, but overall it was a slightly underwhelming showing.