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L'Oreal Fashion Week: Spring 2009 Collections - Day 4

As the runway room was clearing after the Evan & Dean show, I ran into Danielle Meder of Finalfashion. "How did you like it?" she asked. "I'm not a fan, to be completely honest," I replied. "I figured as much from your expression," she laughed. I guess my growing confusion as the collection progressed was evident from the look on my face.

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I could go on and on describing with problems I had with the Evan & Dean show, but I'm going to keep it short. I love it when designers stick to a theme and incorporate it fully into the collection; but this can backfire. This was the case with Evan & Dean; too much appliquĂŠ, cutouts and textures. The beginning started out simple and got more convoluted as it went on. The colour palette wasn't a big hit with me and the fabric choices didn't help the matter. Some of the items looked a little ill-fitting and they didn't evoke any sense of being comfortable garments. The accessories and soundtrack were winners though.

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Morales was one of the few shows I was very excited to see all week and it didn't disappoint at all. It had all the good stuff: shine, ruffles, complex construction, bright colours and prints. Within the collection were a set of prints from the Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara. The Grumpy Owl aka Ryan Oakley and I joked about paying royalties to the artist to .

At one point there was this poor girl who was walking in a very tight floor-length dress. "What the hell is wrong with her?" Ryan asked. I laughed, "It's the dreaded combo of too tight of a dress, towering high heels and a terror of falling."

Morales reminded me a lot of Rodarte with many of the heavily constructed pieces. There was also a dash of the twenties with dropwaists, sequins and sheers. The prints consisting of cityscapes were captivating as well. Beautiful show with great clothes that took it up a notch at LFW.

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So I decided to stay for the Rudsak show. My plan was to call it a day after Morales. Past seasons were like the death march of looks. Usually we would see every style in every colour come down the runway with no editing. I'm glad I stayed as the show was quite enjoyable.

Don't get me wrong about Rudsak, I usually can't stand their runway presentations but Eric, the founder, does make a mean coat. Spring 2009 is no exception. We saw a lot of the same styles that are traditional favourites; the trench (in leather and nylon), the motorcycle jacket, and the double breasted jacket. However a new spin was given the women's motorcycle jacket in the form of cropped sleeves and a super bright berry finish. The nylon jacket got a bolaro treatment which was really cute.

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