"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at Met Honors Fallen Fashion Genius

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This year, the Costume Institute fashionably breaks its own premise: for the first time, their annual exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates just one designer: the late Alexander McQueen, an enfant terrible of British fashion turned elegant, uproarious couturier. From his first collection in 1992 until his death in February 2010, McQueen captivated the style community with his gorgeous, nuanced, provocative work, and the Met's presentation is a comprehensive and inspired overview of his life and career.

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Oscars 2011: Ranking the Red-Carpet Fashion Highs and Lows

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At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept us entertained in the past, could hold our attention with her basic black corset dress. Perhaps last month's Golden Globes simply sucked out everyone's rebellious fashion potential for the Oscars -- or maybe, because loads of them got creamed for it, celebs decided to dress safe...in other words, boring. Maybe that's why James Franco seemed baked, and why the show overall sort of blew. But we don't want to be a complete drag, so here are our picks of the fashion highs and lows from last night's Oscars.More »

Fashion Week 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

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Sad, but true.
While the rest of our fashion cohorts are now shuffling through London Fashion Week, we're reflecting on the New York Fashion Week that was. FW has settled into its new home at Lincoln Center, but we still think the Tents lack the excitement we experienced at FW's previous home in Bryant Park. Despite the tameness at the Tents, and the fact that some designers left us wanting to gag this season, there were others with inspiring collections. Mostly though, we were entertained by the lanky male models, the semi-celebs hogging the spotlight, the weirdos attempting to get their 15 minutes, and the requisite Anna Wintour spotting. Here's a look back at the things that kept us running back to the open bar.

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Fashion Week: Herchcovitch Trails in the Wind, the Blonds Stage a Chinese Extravaganza, Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. Goes Six Ways 'Til Sunday

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If there were a venn diagram of the final three shows we saw for Fashion Week, the central overlap would simply read "these are clothes" - because beyond the very basic scale of function, these designers had absolutely nothing in common in terms of aesthetic, quality, or success.

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Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Sends Out Real Models and Real Crossdressers; Bibhu Mohapatra Reminds Us to Fear the Future

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It would take a heart of stone to dislike a Betsey Johnson runway show--and not just because she always blasts Mick and Keef.

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Fashion Week: Libertine Knows No Bounds

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Libertine attracted a like-minded crowd on the wee hours of Saturday morning; the attendees at Exit Art were swollen from the previous night's excess, gazing blearily into unknown spaces as "Ride of the Valkyries" thundered mercilessly from the sound system. (Wagner: now there was a dude teetering at the lip of the moral abyss.) But the fatigued, clawlike grips on our coffee were not for nothing.

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Fashion Week: Christian Siriano Straps His Models to Death Machines

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Bless that Christian Siriano; he does not know how to whisper. The Project Runway alumnus unveiled his kind of restraint on Thursday evening at Lincoln Center with an initially inky collection: every dress was a variation on black, allowing the emphasis to fall on playful variations of volume.

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Project Runway Finale: Someone Is Robbed, Everyone Is Shiny

The Runway Rundown

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1. The fashion gods have spoken -- and, also, Jessica Simpson. Season Eight of Project Runway has a winner at last -- after 13 challenges at 90 minutes apiece, this distills to one resolution well earned. For everyone.

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Project Runway: We Are All Birthing Chinese Prostitutes

The Runway Rundown

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1. With only five contestants left, and a limp challenge receding into the distance (Andy's winning Lululemon knockoff was immediately co-opted without pay by Heidi Klum for Grey and Listless Athletic Wear), this week's Project Runway challenge is a welcome return to two seasons ago. We'll let Mayor Bloomberg take it from here...

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Project Runway: Mondo's True Triumph

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1. This week brings a surprisingly heady jolt to the torpid Project Runway season. One contestant loses his (impeccable) muse. Another bravely reveals a decade-long secret and immediately helps de-stigmatize an immense societal taboo. We're not even going to mock Michael Kors' tan this week; this episode was sincere.

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