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new reviews today


Last night we posted the following reviews and runway shows from New York:
alexander wang >
badgley mischka >
bill blass >
carlos miele >
douglas hannant >
elie tahari >
jason wu >
jenni kayne
jeremy laing >
karen walker >
lela rose >
preen >
stephen burrows >
tse >
y & kei >

a pattern is emerging


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Cuff Boot

Clockwise from top left: Yves Saint Laurent Crocodile Catwalk purse; for more information, see Chanel Coco’s Crocos handbag, $2,350, available at select Chanel boutiques, (800) 550-0005. Louis Vuitton embossed patent-leather bootie; for more information, see Hermès Salome gold cuff, $39,600, available at Hermès stores nationwide, (800) 441-4488.

Animal prints are as reliable an indication of fall as the leaves changing color or the days getting shorter. But designers have taken a different approach to the look this season, one with a little more depth and a lot more subtlety. Instead of the usual print, they’ve elected to emboss exotic skin patterns on unlikely materials such as satin, suede, patent leather, and gold. It’s a refined way to add a bit of texture to what’s shaping up to be an opulent autumn.

Photos: Denko Ivanisevic

stripe it rich



The English are renowned for their dislike of looking too “done,” which leads us to one of the summer’s leading London trends: skunk-style highlights. Here, writer and animal enthusiast Porochista Khakpour accessorizes the deliberately down-market look with a high-glamour silk skirt by Rachel Roy and patent leather stilettos from Lanvin. Eat your heart out, Cruella de Vil.
Ana Finel Honigman

Photo: Ana Finel Honigman

higher calling



You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em, but there’s no denying that high-waist shorts are a key trend. We like that they can freshen up any outfit, as Mischa Barton demonstrates. Although summer clothing is clearing out of stores, we managed to find several great pairs still available. We suggest you keep the leggy look going into fall by pairing shorts with a cropped jacket and tights.

Helmut Lang’s crinkle cotton style, at Barneys.

3.1 Phillip Lim’s paper-bag-waist style in denim, at

Topshop’s bleached denim style.

Grey Ant’s carpenter style, at Creatures of Comfort.

Chloé’s flared style, at Browns.

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