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John Varvatos

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DARK ROMANTICS

The New York-based designer has long conjured the look of a rocker in search of the finer things in life. Varvatos’ penchant for offering some of the season’s best layers continued for F/W 10 in a collection shown in Milan’s San Paolo Converso, an old church that provided a fitting backdrop for the dark, romantic looks that were shown. Leather rosettes were pinned to many lapels, a nice touch that perfectly fused the soft and hard elements of the season. Exposed zipper trim on tailored jackets was another design detail that helped add a subtle dose of edge to the clothes. Bulky sweater coats, and emerging item, were styled as an outerwear option for many of the suits, while a striking cable knit scarf became one exit’s centerpiece. In a collection full of black and charcoal clothes, dusky wine and inky blue provided subdued pops of poetic color.

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