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Fashion Week 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

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While the rest of our fashion cohorts are now shuffling through London Fashion Week, we’re reflecting on the New York Fashion Week that was. FW has settled into its new home at Lincoln Center, but we still think the Tents lack the excitement we experienced at FW’s previous home in Bryant Park. Despite the tameness at the Tents, and the fact that some designers left us wanting to gag this season, there were others with inspiring collections. Mostly though, we were entertained by the lanky male models, the semi-celebs hogging the spotlight, the weirdos attempting to get their 15 minutes, and the requisite Anna Wintour spotting. Here’s a look back at the things that kept us running back to the open bar.


This old dude was seen almost every day of FW, sitting at the Lincoln Center fountain wearing a get-up like the one above. Talk about fashion statement.


Designer Paola Hernandez saved us from the Lincoln Center rut by holding her presentation at the W Hotel in Midtown. And by presentation we mean open bar, with models and artists “acting” while wearing her chic clothes.


We adored the angular male models draped in pearls at Duckie Brown.

How does he do it? Alexander Wang, who just opened his flagship store on Grand Street (complete with a fox fur hammock!), showed his best collection to date and one of the best of the week. Highlights included pea coats with puffer sleeves, silvery streamer skirts, and glittery drainpipe jeans. And how about those sunglasses with the fur goggle straps? After the show, Wang sprinted at top speed down the runway and then sprinted right back out as though he were competing in the 100-yard dash. The 27-year-old, who we’ve also seen dance like a maniac with models at Fashion’s Night Out, seems to have enough energy for five designers.


Our new favorite coat for fall (a gorgeous orange and beige plaid knit) was found at United Bamboo.


The Blonds’ glitter-inferno Chinese New Year spectacular.


The Adrienne Vittadini show featured supermodels like Nikki Taylor, Pat Cleveland, Carol Alt, Frederique Van Der Wal, Roshumba Williams, and Carmen Dell’Orefice.

At Rag & Bone, where “futuristic Eskimo” was the theme, we loved the dresses layered over pants, legwarmers with bold graphics, and fringe on just about everything.

Anna Sui gave us one of her better ’60s-inspired collections, with whimsical butterfly belt buckles and oversized cat-head hats (trust us, you’ll want one).

Libertine featured vibrant cross-hatches of color.


The closest we got to Anna Wintour was this painting.


The truth about models’ feet came out at Naeem Khan: Doc Martens and Dr. Scholls.


We braved the cold for Elise Øverland’s show at the ice rink outside of the Standard Hotel, where models and a gaggle of figure skaters showed off the clothes. But, alas, the collection looked like it had been inspired by the Bed Bath and Beyond catalog (was that a shower curtain around a model’s neck?). Not even a special guest appearance by Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir could save it.


Kanye West sighting at Alexander Wang!

Gwen Stefani’s LAMB was the best way to end Fashion Week — that and Kingston chasing down the runway after his mama.

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