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

From left: Ruffian, Jason Wu, Peter Som

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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