By  on February 22, 2011

On to Milan! The length and intensity of the full season leave little time to digest the New York collections, even for those who didn’t rush off to London (myself among them). So much happens in New York, but then the ship moves — London, Milan, Paris, boom, boom, boom — so that at the other end, with a few exceptions, New York can seem like a big, distant blur. That would be a shame, as with nine days of shows, 12 hours a day, plenty of fabulous things emerged. 

1. CELEBRITY REHAB
If designers didn’t exactly swear off the celebrity addiction that has so often exploded out of control, they did at least cut way, way back. It made for a nice break from the typical mayhem during which industry front-row guests spend a good chunk of preshow time trying to avoid face-to-rear-end contact with the paparazzi brigade. Those celebs who did put in appearances last week acted not like gotta-make-an-entrance divas but polite guests who arrived promptly and took to their seats sans fanfare. This was an especially happy development in the case of the aqua-sneakered Amar’e Stoudemire, who made for an exciting new presence at Tommy Hilfiger, capturing the fashion-crowd fascination far more acutely than did the usual-suspect types.

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