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NEW YORK…With their F/W 08/09 show, the duo committed to following up on one of the distinct design directions to come out of New York last S/S 08, as seen at Michael Kors and DKNY amongst others, it’s a sort of ’70s inspired homage to Bianca Jagger and the other denizens of Studio 54. Floppy hats were shown topping off looks that embraced a hip socialite-meets-rock chick mood. Standouts included a little metallic wool suit with A-Line mini shown with very high boots, a sport-luxe look that included a black off-the-shoulder fur chemise and skinny skirt, and a leopard tank dress in a very pale shade. Finally, a silk dress with leafy print in an intense shade of green really popped off the runway.

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BADGLEY MISCHKA

This week is so “all about grey” that the variety of vegetation greens that have emerged from many of the New York designers has been such a welcome relief! It was present in Catherine Malandrino’s collection; used for some pieces that looked reminiscent of the Prada and Alberta Ferretti ‘chia pet’ looks of S/S 08, for example, an organza leaf bolero was shown over a below-the-knee sheath with lattice work hem. A flowing Empire-waisted evening gown that worked shades of emerald and cobalt together provided a show-stopping conclusion. In other places the collection continued the Deco theme prevalent for the past few seasons, showing a number of ‘thirties looking draped styles against a backdrop of fan-pleated silk.

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MALANDRINO

More of this woodsy looking green at Doo-ri. It showed up on hairy mohair sweaters, on silk blouses and on coats. The same sort of luxe-sport references seen earlier in the week at Lela Rose played here also, with a slim version of a puffa jacket worn over a cobalt satin blouse and slender printed skirt. Doo-ri, known for her expertise with jersey and draping, probably reached out to a wider audience by working with both wovens and sweater knits this time out.

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DOO-RI

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