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Dispatches From Milan Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week might be long over, but the fashion fun never stops. Last week was the Milan collections, and both Ann Watson, Henri Bendel's fashion director, and Linda Fargo, Bergdorf's fashion senior veep, filed reports for nymag.com. Ann liked Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, and Linda dug the shows at Jil Sander, Marni, and Fendi. Their full reports are at Show & Talk. Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman Likes Jil Sander, Marni, and Fendi [Show & Talk] Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Alessandro Dell'Acqua [Show & Talk]


Fashion Report Card: Critics Rate London Shows

Fashion Roundup
Over at Show & Talk, our fashion team has scoured dozens of reviews to bring you the critics' opinions on London Fashion Week. Marc by Marc Jacobs was universally admired, and Biba failed to impress anyone. Fashion writers had a fantastic time dissecting Gareth Pugh: "The boy is showing promising signs of outgrowing the thrill of being poor and mocked," Sarah Mower said. Get more opinions about these designers, and Giles Deacon and Christopher Kane, over at Show & Talk. Fashion Report Card: London Fashion Week [Show & Talk]


Meanwhile, Back at Bryant Park...

While you're huddling for warmth under your desk, our sister blog, Show & Talk, is braving the tents at Fashion Week. Here's what's going on. There's dirt: Jay McCarroll unloaded both barrels on Tim Gunn. • We tracked down why Marc Jacobs shows are always late. • Model May Andersen explained why anorexic women are ruining it for the naturally skinny ones. • And what does a straight man do at Fashion Week? John Legend knows.


Fashion Week Is Here!

Oh, happy day! It's the start of Fashion Week in New York, and everyone from designers to models to socialites to — of course — New York Magazine is gearing up for it. We're especially pleased to bring back nymag.com's full Fashion Week extravaganza. We'll be posting next-day slideshows of all the shows. We'll be giving our fancy new video player a good workout. We're bringing back our Show & Talk fashion blog, which will bring you instant trend reports, lots of Harriet and Amy, plenty of Video Look Books, and, most thrillingly, the return to New York of our beloved Fug Girls. All that, plus we're letting you post comments on Show & Talk. (We expect to regret that last bit.) It'll be more fun than a Marc Jacobs costume party. New York Fashion Week Preview [NYM]


The Menswear You Missed in Paris

Galliano Ninja
Snappy suits, ninjawear, Technicolor hues, and icy whites. That's what we found at the Paris menswear shows this week. We've got Gaultier and YSL, Vuitton and Watanabe, and more. Watch our slideshows to find your favorite looks for fall. Then click and repeat until the tents go up at Bryant Park. It's almost Fashion Week! Fall 2007 Menswear [NYM]


The Fashion Emperors' New Clothes

Helmut Lang and Tom Ford came back into circulation this week, and here's the thing: Neither of them had clothes. Link Theory Holding (parent of Theory) owns Lang's name now, and the Helmut Lang S/S 07 collection is being designed by Nicole and Michael Colyvos, themselves ex-Habitual designers. The new line lacks the old Helmut's transgressive touches, and in a way, that's appropriate. One of the reasons Lang was so beloved by the Zara–Club Monaco–Gap supply chain is that his minimalism was really easy to reproduce in more commercial form — just remove the kinky leather harnesses and bondage straps, leaving fitted trench coats, neatly geometric dresses, slim trousers, and narrow jackets. They probably won't be smoothing out Lang anymore, because Theory has already done it.