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Joseph Altuzarra: Spring 2010

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Industry darling Joseph Altuzarra has the design pedigree (he can list work at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy on his CV) and the fans (among them French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld) to indulge his creative compulsions, and he did so with his spring 2010 collection.

Deconstruction and duality dominated. Dark brown suede was paired with look-softening white eyelet lace ruffles. Many pieces recalled the 1970s — from patchwork fabrics to basketweaving insets on dresses and pants — but with far more polished results.

It was a departure from his clingy, body-conscious looks that garnered attention for fall, but its a calculated progression. Altuzarra’s tough girls rocked down the spring runway by flaunting an aggressive sexiness that isn’t in your face, but confident.

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The chiffon/tulle ombre grown prompted applause during it's first trip down the runway (AP Photo)

The chiffon/tulle ombre grown prompted applause during it's first trip down the runway (AP Photo)

Project Runway winner Christian Siriano certainly knows his audience.

And, now, with his third showing in the tents at Bryant Park, his Spring collection reflects a maturity that has come with that knowledge.

Inspired by the Mediterranean, he paired cool, luxurious blues, greens and golds were accented by blushes, khakis and even some volcanic colors. An aerial photo of the Italian coastline was manipulated to make create the core fabric (which resembeled electrified marble), according to his show notes.

It played out in a duality on the runway: for every muted, gently pleated piece that his ladies who lunch would adore, there was an overworked number that was a little too, well, fierce.

His motocross jacket in a satin oceanic print, paired with a pleated silk skirt has a soft, polished edge.

But a ball gown with excessive pickup pleating was more Scarlett O’Hara than night-at-the-opera chic.

I can’t hate too much, because clearly the man loves a dramatic shoe, as illustrated by his “bullhorn” heeled collection for Payless. The comma-shaped heel and platform cut an impressive silhouette, but just don’t expect to walk too far. During the final walk, one model had to ditch her kicks and finish barefoot.

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Soo-keh! They’ve got Tru Blood!

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During my multiple, daily treks between Fashion Week tents in Bryant Park and my hotel, I walk past the HBO store on Sixth Avenue.

Now, I am completely addicted to the show True Blood, so of course I had to stop in and check out the merch, including the bottles of Tru Blood. I know it’s not blood, or anything close, it’s just a a sweet blood orange-flavored carbonated drink. But there’s an ick factor there!

Would you try it? Should I just grow up and take a sip of soda?

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The star of Charlotte Ronson’s Spring runway show in Bryant Park? The clothes.

While her celeb sibs were in attendance (sister Samantha in the DJ booth, brother Mark in the front row), Samantha’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Lindsay Lohan was no where to be found. The front row was packed with the young and fab: Kirsten Dunst, Brooklyn Decker, Jessica Stroup and Keri Hilson, among others.

Thank goodness. We could focus on Charlotte’s collection of slouchy fit, double-breasted womens wear that seemed to be channeling the 1980s, via Miami Vice. Shoulders were big, waists nipped with wide leather belts. The colorway was muted pinks, corals and greys. The looks, particularly the separates, had a distinctly modern twist that made them accessable to a range of body types.

Models wore braided knit headbands (think Olivia Newton-John in “Physical”). And the voluminous shorts and skirts were paired with sheer leggings bunched at the knees was a much chicer take on the biker-shorts-big-top look of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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L.A.M.B. — Spring 2010

If you think the ’80s are back for fall, wait until you see Gwen Stefani’s LAMB collection for Spring.

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With Souixie & the Banshees, Peter Gabriel, Genesis and New Order blaring, it was like my childhood exploded in the Milk Studios presentation space. But somehow, I didn’t look quite as chic and polished in lace, harem pants or studded cuffs.

img_1890The fabulous G was on hand as well, on point as always, in black ankle boots, parachute pants and a cropped, gray biker jacket.

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Judging by the enthusiastic crowds on the streets of New York City Thursday night,  Fashion’s Night Out was a success.

I started the night at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. I made my way up to the 7th floor to see if I could catch a glimpse of the Olsen twins bartending, but was turned away at the escalator. The scene? A mosh of heels and martini glasses. Security guards were shouting, fashionistas pushing (and almost passing out from the heat generated by bodies packed in like cattle) and there were reports that a door had been busted off it’s hinges. Wha?

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Packing them in to see Mary-Kate and Ashley

I Just missed Victoria Beckham on my way out of the store, but got swept up in the wake of bodies and raised cameras that followed her.

The excitement was palpable — there was a festive air across the city. Dancers leading the crowd in groovin’ to Michael Jackson in front of Sephora in Times Square; little girls were jumping up and down after spotting Pastry designers Angela and Vanessa Simmons at Footlocker.

Hopped a train and headed down to SoHo, but called it a night when the rain started falling.

No Anna sightings for me, sadly, but there’s still time!

Check out my fashion week photos here.

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SATC II: I am a sucker

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The women of “Sex and the City” are back on the streets of New York City, filming the sequel to the monster hit movie.

I didn’t care for the film then, and still don’t really now (even though I own it on DVD and will sit through every showing on HBO, regardless of how much of the movie is left).

But, apparently, I’m all talk. Because when it occured to me that I’d be in New York while they are (possibly) filming, I was giddy. So what if my expectations of this second film are horrendously low — these are my girls!

The TV show and the characters and the clothes stand up so well, I’ll even sit through a heavily edited TBS rerun just to check in with what feels like old friends.

The chance of seeing wardrobe stylist Patricia Field or Big or Charlotte could lead to an epic leave of decorum on my part.

And if it’s Carrie in some fabulous shoes, all bets are off. Did you see those pics of her in gold, sparkly Louboutins?

Insane.

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