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Reed Krakoff’s spring 2011 collection was all about juxtapositions of rich materials _ wool and silk mohair, lacquered silks, double-faced cotton sateens.

Krakoff said his centerpiece for the collection shown Wednesday was a new kind of suit, with emphasis on quality and luxury with a utilitarian construction.

He also used boar hair on shoes and cuff bracelets, which were inspired by dog collars made by the hair during Victorian times. “I liked the idea that it was kind of aggressive but kind of subversive, but at the same time it was quite luxurious,” he said.

He said that the idea was “recombining things to look fresh,” like the combination of transparent and opaque fabrics.


Nanette Lepore gave the weary fashion crowd the respite they were looking for: soothing music, thanks to John Forte and his three-man band; wearable, adorable clothes and an overall relaxed vibe.

No thumping, pumping sounds, nothing complicated or fussy on the runway.

Lepore’s spring collection furthered the upbeat attitude of this round of previews, but hers perhaps was one of the most relatable shows for consumers. The model in the rose beaded sundress could have just continued off that catwalk, caught a cab and gone shopping or to a museum or to meet a friend. The friend, perhaps, was in the shell drawstring coat and striped sweater dress.

Lepore, by nature, seems not to be a big risktaker, but she knows what her fans like and she does it well and with consistency. She hit on the retooling of the ‘70s and the tropical palette that have emerged as trends.


AP writer Lisa Orkin Emmanuel contributed to this report.