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Calvin Klein’s Whitewashed Spring 2010

Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear Collection, NYFWD101 Models present designs from the Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear collection in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.

Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear Collection, NY

Calvin Klein’s Whitewashed Spring 2010

Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear Collection, NY

New York – Basic American sportswear is what spring is all about this season at Calvin Klein, as a crisp collection of whites and natural tones created a casual vibe at the spring 2010 presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in New York.

The womenswear collection was sexy and functional, with an assortment of khaki dresses, some belted for shape with others more loose and free falling, and sure to be accessorized with the some of the hot colored bags and shoes of the season. Tie-dye dresses made the perfect transition from day to night and debuted as a wardrobe staple.

Denim for spring 2010 is channeling the 80s era in fashion with wash and style, as whitewashed jeans are what’s in store. Shades of white, ozone, and cloud are designed for men and women for a more contoured and shape enhancing fit, featuring straight leg for men, and classic skinny or boyfriend cut for women. Adorning ankle zippers and rivets add a taste of detail that goes a long way.

The successful bleached out look is not limited to jeans, but essentially formed the core of this springs sportswear looks, with everything worn with clean white oxfords. It was washed out warm khakis and cool grey suits for men, while women’s whites were plunging, giving just the right amount of skin and coverage simultaneously.

Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear Collection, NY

Calvin Klein Spring 2010 Sportswear Collection, NY

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Alexander Wang Wins Swiss Textile Award

Alexander Wang File Photo, NYFWD101 **File Photo** Designer Alexander Wang poses backstage at the Alexander Wang show during Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in this Sept. 12, 2009 file photo. Wang won the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award at a ceremony in Zurich on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Alexander Wang Wins Swiss Textile Award

Paris – Alexander Wang has won the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award, making his the second American design house to nab central Europe’s most valuable fashion prize.

New York-based Wang beat out a field of six candidates to win the award, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this month at a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 12, in Zurich.

The winner receives a prize of 100,000 euros, or $147,000. It is not paid out in cash, but instead 10,000 euros, or $14,700, is allocated to buy Swiss fabric, with the remainder used to produce and market upcoming collections by Wang.

Wang’s other five finalists – Alexis Mabille, Erdem, Ohne Titel, Peter Pilotto and Thakoon – did not go away empty handed, but instead were given a fabric voucher worth 4,000 euros, or $5,880.

Wang follows another fledgling U.S. house in winning the award. The Los-Angeles-based Rodarte team of Kate and Laura Mulleavy were the 2008 winners, the first women to take the top prize.

Besides boosting the Swiss textile industry by acquainting foreign designers with their fabrics, the evening is seen by locals as one night when Zurich becomes a fashion capital.

Previous winners have included Marios Schwab, Haider Ackermann, Raf Simons and Bruno Pieters, several of whom have subsequently achieved key positions in the industry. Raf Simons is now creative director at Jil Sander and Marios Schwab holds the same title at Halston, while Bruno Pieters designs the Hugo collection of Hugo Boss.

The 12-person jury included legendary designer Isabel Toledo; Louis Bompard, Paris-based fashion writer of L’Officiel; Tiziana Cardini, fashion director of Italy’s key department store chain Rinascente; Lisa Feldmann, editor-in-chief of Switzerland‘s leading fashion magazine, and Markus Ebner, founder of Berlin independent fashion title Achtung.

Wang’s most recent show, on Sept. 12 in New York, was a highly innovative combination of athletic actively sportswear with nighttime cool. From linebacker shoulders on gray, corset sweatshirt tops, or perforated rugby stripe looks morphed into tunics and hunting raincoats composed as capes it was all about reinventing athletic codes into cool, contemporary fashion.

“I dream more about sport than actually really do it. So this is my sport fantasy,” said Wang after staging the critically acclaimed show.

The 33-year-old, San Francisco-born Wang is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York. He launched his first full collection of women’s wear in 2007. In a meteoric rise, Wang was nominated for the 2008 Council of Fashion Designers of America in Women’s Wear and later won the CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

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Blake Lively’s Hair Is the New “Rachel.” Huh?!


Blake Lively’s Hair Is the New “Rachel.” Huh?!

Everyone wants Blake Lively‘s hair. The New York Times is saying it’s the new Rachel or Farrah. (Kate Gosselin would probably beg to disagree.)

The NYT then spends a whole article discussing the Gossip Girl star’s hair and includes all kinds of weird quotes like, “It’s aspirational hair. [Clients] don’t just want the hair, they want the life.” Or “the look only works for tall, slim women” and “kind of transcends” age.

It’s a lot of analysis for a hairstyle, and we gotta say, most of the time we see Blake out she’s actually rocking the unbrushed, messy look (as seen above, right). Even when it’s all nice with a fresh blowout, it doesn’t look that iconic. Not even close to Rachel status.

What do you think? Are you going to request The Blake on your next salon visit?

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