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When I ran into Charlotte’s Brooklyn Decker at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September, she was tight-lipped about a project on which she was working with Elle Magazine.

The former Matthews resident spilled the details of the super-secret work Monday on Twitter (@brooklynddecker): “It’s finally up and running!!!! ellemakebetter.com Please take a look! One of my best projects!”

She’s the lead in a three-DVD set that promises better fitness, fashion and beauty in 21 days.

Ah, reminds me of a certain Cindy Crawford workout tape I was so very, very fond of back in the day. Ok wait — I don’t know what’s dating me more: loving a fitness routine from 1992 or the fact I watched it on a VCR (or that I still have it. And love it).

In Decker’s much more current edition, fitness experts workout with Decker on discs targeting cardio, sculpting and yoga. Along the way, Elle Creative Director Joe Zee and Beauty/Fitness Director Emily Dougherty and a slew of experts offer beauty and fashion advice.

The DVDs are $19.95 each or $44.95 for the set.

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Two of my favorite things came together for a great cause during New York Fashion Week in September: Sharpie and Betsey Johnson.

My love for the markers knows no bounds, so I was thrilled to hear the company tapped the designer who has incorporated doodle-like drawings into her signature look.

Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, visited the Sharpie Bar inside the tents at Bryant Park to customize an exclusive T-shirt that was auctioned off to benefit City of Hope Cancer Research Center.

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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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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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