New York Fashion Week: Our Top Ten

New York Fashion Week: Our Top Ten
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 20, 2010

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Duran has always been a versatile designer and this season he put that ability on full display. His Spring 2011 featured pieces for both men and women. And yet, the show felt seamless, united by Duran’s relaxed jerseys and slouchy silhouettes for both sexes.

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The genius in Pean’s Spring 2011 collection is she managed to be both bold, with chunky stoned necklaces and subtle with soothing color palette. We’re already in line for at least three of these pieces.

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Duran has always been a versatile designer and this season he put that ability on full display. His Spring 2011 featured pieces for both men and women. And yet, the show felt seamless, united by Duran’s relaxed jerseys and slouchy silhouettes for both sexes.

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From eclectic prints to quirky eyewear, there was a new energy on the Tracy Reese runway this season. Her signature femininity was still on display, but with a sultry edge to all that sweetness.

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Designer Mimi Plange has always had a luxurious vision for her Boudoir d’Huitres. This season she was able to translate that luxe vision from the runway to your wardrobe – seamlessly. Wearable dresses, pants and skirts were given the luxury treatment with soft silks and impeccable craftsmanship. The navy blue knee length Oxford-style dress is our favorite.

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Decades after he first burst on the scene as the seminal designer of the 70s, psychedelic prints and colors continue in the Burrows collection. This season was no exception with fun, easy to wear dresses in Burrows’ signature prints and colors.

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Diane Von Furstenberg. Sandra Bernhardt. Andre Leon Talley – and that was just the first row. On the catwalk was Cassie and Deborah Cox, both of whom walked in LaQuan Smith’s Spring 2011 show. The drama they stirred mirrored the drama in the clothes: cinched waists, bouffant shapes and gold-flecked brocade. The show was so beautiful and the clothes were full of fantasy.

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Losing the number one spot on the reality-TV competition, “The Fashion Show,” did little to dampen Reco Chapple’s passion for fashion. The southern-born style guru debuted his Spring 2011 collection during New York Fashion week. The show’s all pink palette was a tribute to femininity, theatrics and Chapple’s aunt who was diagnosed.

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The designing duo, Ayaan and Idyl, have finally come into their own with their chicest collection yet. Silks, crafted into easy separates make this collection truly elegant.

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The look was easy and functional at Telfar’s first all-male exhibit. We loved his footwear: gray slingbacks for men, created by Doc Martens.

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Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs continued their campaign for modern clothes in simple silhouettes. Their signature palette of cool khakis and crisp whites were on display, with an injection of a new element we loved: relaxed shapes and flowy fabrics.

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