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It seems plaid has finally grown out of its angry flannel phase — unlike your hipster boyfriend. This Fashion Week, grunge's mainstay looks relaxed and fluid. Y-3 used the nineties pattern in bright orange and yellow from head to toe, while Peter Som belted his gray and black patterned coat. And Preen used it as an accent to otherwise sleek looks.

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Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Nili Lotan, Anna Sui, and Peter Som

Throughout the week, the buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will tell us which runway looks they plan on stocking. Today, Henri Bendel VP, fashion director Ann Watson reveals her current faves: sexy sophistication from Nili Lotan, menswear cuts from Anna Sui, and Peter Som's reworked American classics.

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Fashion Week Eats Its Young

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We feel really bad for Taylor Momsen. The 14-year-old Gossip Girl star arrived at Peter Som too late for any photo ops and had to be ushered to a seat after the show had already started.

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Ten Things We Liked on Wednesday

Ten Things Wednesday

From left, Proenza Schouler, Y-3, Anna Sui.Photos: imaxtree.com

  • 1. Avion Feminin — a small, quiet and brand new line showing by appointment only in the West Village. It's exactly the pared-down cool that girls who really live and work in New York want. We're crossing our fingers that some clever boutique will snap it up.
  • 2. The exploded high-tops and collared hoodie at Y-3.
  • 3. It was a little bit warmer today. We liked that.

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Peter Som Spends Too Much on His Sheets

Name: Peter Som
Age: 36
Job: Clothing designer
Neighborhood: West Village Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Laura Mars. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? Eleven Madison Park always does the trick. But lately I always find myself eating the fried artichokes followed by the polpettine alla siciliana at Gusto, which is in my neighborhood. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Try really hard to make pretty things.

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Michael Chabon, Defender of the Acknowledgment

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Last week, Times books reporter Julie Bosman took a swipe at Norman Mailer's Aeneid-length acknowledgments. In today's letter column, Pulitzer-winning novelist Michael Chabon presents a defense:
Here's a crazy reason your article did not mention for including an acknowledgment at the end of your novel: to acknowledge. If there is some kind of old-fashioned virtue in concealing one's debt to and gratitude for the hard work of others, it's difficult for me to see where it lies.
But of course Chabon approves of the public airing of private gratitude. He's married, after all, to novelist Ayelet Waldman, who famously published a certain delightful bit in a March 2005 "Modern Love" column. What did she have to say?

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