Of the fashion tribe that trades in mismatched prints and clothes that often look like repurposed thrift-shop finds, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty are at the top of the heap. They do the charmingly awkward look well, for fall tapping into a Russian folk theme at the outset with golden paisley prints trimming bell cuffs and ruffled hemlines. There were also floral handkerchief prints, cut with blue-and-white pinstripes and shown on shirts and shirtdresses, that varied between cheerfully cute and looking like the model got dressed in her grandmother’s tablecloth. Modern elements are essential in this genre of fashion, which Osterweis and Beatty seem to understand. By cropping a crystal-embroidered top or styling in toughened-up quilted outerwear, they saved the look from vintage purgatory.

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