Critics Applaud Wu’s ‘Shameless Elegance,’ Dismiss Vena Cava’s Unflattering Nineties Redux

From left: Ruffian, Jason Wu, Peter Som Photo: Imaxtree

We've coasted through the early days of Fashion Week, and the critics have both high praise and harsh critiques for the fall collections thus far. The front-row set lauded Jason Wu's glamorous, opulent dresses, as well as Peter Som's fifties-inspired frocks. Many were impressed by Christian Siriano's latest collection — though a few critics seemed reluctant to admit it. On the flip side, the reviewers largely panned Vena Cava's unflattering nineties-inspired silhouettes, and Cathy Horyn compared Richard Chai's (generally well-received) collection to "a big dirty mound of snow." Click ahead to read more of what the critics had to say.

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