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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The WILLIAM RAST Fall 2009 Collection Show

Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Runway Images, Dan Lecca, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Images of Justin Timberlake, from

TIME & PLACE: Monday, February 16, 7:15PM
The big Tent, Bryant Park
This show was almost on time [not quite 15 minutes late] probably because most of the front row was due downtown at the Armory at 8PM for the Marc Jacobs show.

THE INSPIRATION: Thelma and Louise.
The program notes spoke of “optimism in America”, it’s about time someone in fashion echoed this sentiment and it’s a change from the long faces most in fashion have a t the momement.
Optimism means, In this case, those “all – American” pieces of clothing: faded jeans, miniskirts, jeans jackets, black leather jackets with studs and fringe, great if you're riding a Harley. There were buffalo plaid shirts and even a sweater with the American flag on it. It’s the Wild West, where men wear loosely fitting jackets with a tee shirt hanging past the jackets’ hems together with a pair of faded jeans. For hanging out at the saloon on a Saturday night, there’s a full shouldered white blouse with black sequin detailing. Needless to say, the sound track was catchy, as Justin Timberlake was in charge of the music. The men’s version of dress is a black double-breasted tux jacket and skinny black leather pants.

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