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So what went right? “I love the coats. Take the black coat and a hologram handbag, and you’re good to go,” she said.

A starburst-embellished T-shirt with brushed deep-olive pants, and a violet-colored asymmetric peacoat with an iridescent striped sweater deserved some kudos, too.


A Khan gown makes a grand entrance. Maybe that’s why first lady Michelle Obama seems to like them so much for big events.

On Khan’s runway was a silver-and-navy crystal gown with a tulip top and cape effect. And an embroidered black-and-white evening coat with a fox-fur cuff worn with an all-over lace blouse and trim tuxedo trouser.

Khan said in his notes that the collection was “modern opulence.” He found inspiration in all things grand and glamorous from the Byzantine Empire to the Art Deco era.

The looks were weighed down by Khan’s affinity for beading. The crystal-covered slip dresses seemed a particular feat.


Remember Chewbacca in “Star Wars”? Now imagine his get-up had a train, like a bridal gown. Now imagine it was dyed bright yellow. Now imagine some human skin showing through, about thigh level.

“That was a fantasy piece,” quipped designer Jeremy Scott after this striking ensemble closed out his show. “I always wanted to do a coat with a tail.”

Many designers have fantasies that make it to the runway, but few so entertainingly as Scott, a cheerful bad boy of the fashion world.

This show was ostensibly about fall and winter wear, which explains the furry Chewbacca look, but what about the bikini tops, paired with tiny minis? Well, it’s always hot somewhere in the world.

There were plenty of big, Scott-style graphics on display _ lots of teeth and eyeballs, for example, on sweaters or in a green leathery ensemble that recalled a vintage pinup poster.


The Mendel customer will still have her gala gowns, her furs and her lunch-date looks come fall, but she’ll be serving them with a spicier attitude.

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