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New York Fashion Week showed polished men, well-dressed ladies

February 18, 2012 |  7:03 am

J crew collection
Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore and menswear writer Adam Tschorn returned from New York Fashion Week impressed by some changes they saw in the collections presented for fall-winter 2012.

On the menswear front, Tschorn says in a story in this Sunday's Image section, the laid-back vibe of the last few seasons is giving way to a more polished, perhaps almost dandified, look (although there were still plenty of casual looks, like those on view in the J.Crew Collection, above).

For women, there is good news in the surging talent on display in the “advanced contemporary category” -- labels that cost hundreds of dollars less than high-end designer collections. The J.Crew Collection, Rag & Bone, Tory Burch and Alexander Wang are among the ones delivering head-to-toe collections for women. "These are the designers of the future," Bloomingdale's fashion director Stephanie Solomon tells Moore -- noting the names expected to ascend as old masters like Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani fade.

Among the guests watching the runway collections during the week, which ended Thursday, was the expected, ever-growing galaxy of celebrities, including stars of sport (like New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz), music (Joe Jonas), television (Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing) and film (Viola Davis, Rooney Mara), Tschorn reports.

I wonder how many of them will be wearing these runway looks come fall?


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Photo: Models at the J.Crew Collection, for men and women, during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press