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With one season and one store (Barneys New York) under his belt, Serkan Sarier kept a steady pace for his fall collection for Brood. Again he showed a tight lineup of washed silk taffeta cocktail dresses done with the contrast of outdoor sport details, such as zippers and toggle cords. It was presented at the Nicholas Robinson Gallery among a set of pale birch trees, which offset the dark palette — purple, chartreuse and black with a subtle iridescent finish. “The idea was what happens to colors in the night,” said Sarier.

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What makes his clothes an interesting, modern take on evening dressing is the balance of edgy effects and couture-inspired constructions, much of which are adjustable. For example, a ruffled peplum on a jacket that can be detached, and ruching on a simple sheath can be bunched to one’s liking. “I’m interested in the relevance volume has today,” said Sarier. “It has to be usable.”

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