Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011

Well today was the last day of fashion week.
Ralph Lauren’s collection was all about the fringe — miles and miles of fringe as far as the eye could see — fringe on suede jackets, fringe on patterned cloth bags, fringe on deerskin vests, fringe on a frilly scarf and platinum-beaded fringe for evening.
His collection in antique-looking lace, leather, suede and what looked like an old Navajo rug made into handbags. Many of his narrow suits were made of leather panels tightly whip-stitched together, and his white poet’s blouses looked artfully wrinkled. Several dresses were made of off-white lace of the kind that, if used as a tablecloth, could be handed down for generations; others, in faded floral cotton, looked as if they were made for “Little House on the Prairie.”
Everything’s a copy of something. So maybe that is why Isaac Mizrahi’s show was called “IM Xerox.” He had created prints on skirt suits, trench coats and dresses that looked, indeed, as if they had been shot out of a copier. The lapels, the pockets, the pleats and the hardware was not real, but facsimiles. Mr. Mizrah’s prints were blurry, like copies of copies of copies, broken down and faded. He also showed a pastel floral print that was made like a grid of many different floral prints, and several of his signature paillette-covered evening looks that were slit up the back like hospital gowns.

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