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New York Fashion Week Day 1

Our San Diego Style editor surveys the shows

Day 1 at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week.

Let the games begin. A few quick notes from my first day in NYC:

  • The new venue at Lincoln Center is decked out as only New Yorkers can. AOL has kindly supplied the reporters a wireless area, stuffed with fashion journos, computers, and dead Starbuck cups strewn about. It feels like a real newsroom in a futuristic world with lots of Lucite and every language spoken imaginable. Everywhere I look, there are very tall people and style on a level that seems light years ahead of SD.

  • The first show I saw was Catherine Malandrino. The show was outside on Lincoln Center plaza. The models stood like sculptures in a park while beautiful French music played in the background (photos at right). Malandrino’s designs were sensual, graceful, and feminine—simply splendid.
  • Next up—Vietnamese phenom Thuy. The Thuy show was presented at the Audi Forum on the Upper East Side of NY; an intimate venue where every seat is good. I ended up sitting next to the folks from Women’s Wear Daily—not a friendly crowd. The designs were mostly structured with clever uses of color blocking, raffia, and lightweight knit jackets. Hems were short, pants and shorts were relaxed, and yellow was abundant. In all, the show was flawless. The music was hot, the models beautiful, and the clothing accessible and dynamic at the same time. A cool vibe.

A few shots from Thuy's show:

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