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JILL STUART

The second outfit to come down Jill Stuart’s runway, a gold leaf-embroidered T-shirt paired with black sailor pants, is headed straight to the designer’s closet.

She had it earmarked for her wardrobe even before she debuted her fall collection.

Some dresses had flippy, flouncy hemlines and others had a schoolgirl jumper silhouette, adding moments of levity to the catwalk, but the emphasis seemed to be on the sharply defined shoulders, high necklines and the occasion panel of suggestive sheer fabric.

Many of the prints and embroideries featured a floral motif, but there was nothing flowery about black roses on stark winter white backgrounds or prints that seemed to paint a picture of a garden in the dark. This collection showed a more serious side to Stuart.

RACHEL ZOE

Rachel Zoe has that old-school, rock-star girlfriend thing down. Zoe, best known as a celebrity stylist, flaunted the signature look that made her famous with a parade of faux fur coats, skinny-style tuxedos, maxi dresses and thigh-high boots that you imagine the young jet-set wearing as they shuttle from London to Los Angeles _ perhaps with a stop in New York. They’re for the type of woman who can pull off gaucho pants, which were indeed part of the lineup.

She said in her notes she drew inspiration “from the rock and roll glamour of London in the late `60s and such fashion icons as Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger.”

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AP radio correspondent Julie Walker contributed to this report.

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