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Gender-bending trends at New York Fashion Week

That's not a woman, that's a man, baby! • Wait. No. It's totally a woman. A really girly, feminine, flowery dame. Right? • Designers previewing spring collections at New York Fashion Week got gender blurry, and we at Deal Divas think that's super. In 2010, who needs labels? Frill met fine lines in many of the same ensembles (we're looking at you, Narciso Rodriguez sheer tuxedo top). • Let's break down some spring trends on the runways. — Stephanie Hayes


Remember how people called Diane Keaton loony for wearing those Annie Hall suits? Di is surely throwing up a middle finger now. Structured shoulders, double-breasted jackets, trench coats and high-waisted, pleated trousers were out in force at Jason Wu, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Karen Walker. Even Herve Leger, known for sausage case bandage dresses, unveiled architectural blazers.

Fluffy circle skirts

Say Donna Reed got held hostage at a Bar Mitzvah, and the only way to save her life was to wear a catering uniform and escape during a smoke break. You'd be inside the gender-bending brains of Behnaz Sarafpour, Rachel Roy, Chris Benz, Ruffian and Juan Carlos Obando. It's great to see 1950s women entering the workforce!


Shorties of the world rejoice at this season's abundance of chunky platform shoes. Intricate lacing and leather straps came from Suno, Vena Cava and Band of Outsiders. And Betsey Johnson's neon platform heels paired well with her rhinestone necklaces subtly beckoning the audience to "RIDE ME."

Misguided socks

Speaking of shoes, it's not fashion week unless a designer abuses socks. Charlotte Ronson wins the title of Ultimate Sock Offender this season by mixing thermal, mountain climber foot cozies with strappy sandals. Vera Wang and Richard Chai finished a close second with sheer ankle hose aplenty.

Pale shades

Nineties Versace color-trip this was not. Designers stuck to hues found in a multi-pack of Quaker Instant Oatmeal. Donna Karan's entire line was ecru, beige, mother of pearl and gold, down to the luscious curtains that draped the runway. And models from Alexander Wang and G-Star Raw looked ready for lunch shift at the Cheesecake Factory.


Fashion Week has sent a message we Deal Divas love: "Bad hair days are swell!" Runway headgear included massive orange beach hats at Marc Jacobs, military general caps at Elise Overland, shiny turbans at Jason Wu and Temperley London, exaggerated gaucho gear at Carolina Herrera, and — God help us all — visors at Lacoste.

Fashion Week Tampa Bay

Now that New York Fashion Week is over, it's time for the main event — Fashion Week Tampa Bay! The events kick off Wednesday with a soiree at Clearwater Audi, 18940 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Follow tbt*'s Deal Divas blog ( for all your Fashion Week know-how, including live blogging from the Sept. 24 runway show in Tampa. Get your tickets and a full list of events and designers at And come back next week when we present our second annual Best Dressed in Tampa Bay issue!

Gender-bending trends at New York Fashion Week 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 5:14pm]
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