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It’s not every designer who can pull off a terrycloth Dalmatian-spotted dress.

Smith particularly liked the lacy cocktail dresses, some of which had jabots and mock croc details.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen don’t want The Row, their designer fashion brand, to be about them. They want it to be about the clothes _ so much so that they’ve stopped doing runway presentations at New York Fashion Week.

Luckily, their collection can speak for itself.

With sharp menswear tailoring and luxe fabrics seemingly consistent influences, the designers offered a gray flannel pantsuit, made more feminine with its cropped length; a butter-yellow pajama-style top and matching pants in the softest wool; and a unique fur-tuft, long-sleeve T-shirt made of cashmere and fox woven together.

Quilted leather sleeves were added to a long black blazer, which had a companion zip-up quilted leather dress.


Thom Browne started womenswear this season with things he already knows: men’s suiting, country-club motifs, varsity stripes and, most of all, theatrics.

He took over a room at the New York Public Library and turned it into a makeshift church alter, with models dressed like nuns shedding their habits to reveal pantsuits, narrow skirts and even an egg-shaped cape.

Browne is a leader in American menswear, pushing the shrunken silhouette that has caught on with the hipster set. Seeing it on women, though, it really makes more sense.



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