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Lauren Conrad show rivals traffic school for sheer excitement

October 15, 2008 |  2:12 pm

1_5I have one question for Lauren Conrad: How many jersey dresses and tops do you think we need? The perky star of "The Hills" has moved on from early-2000s jersey dressing in her own wardrobe (she's been spotted recently in young Hollywood's latest uniform: ripped jeans, stilettos and a button-down shirt). Yet her spring collection, which she rolled out at Smashbox Studios on Tuesday night, offered the same milquetoast jersey pieces we've seen from her past collections.

2 Models sashayed down the runway to Goldfrapp and Feist, wearing Carrie Bradshaw-style silk flowers -- attached to thin headbands -- on their foreheads. Hair was long, loose and wavy (just like a certain top-grossing reality star's we know of). There were long strapless jersey column dresses in muted brown and cornflower blue; butt-grazing long-sleeved jersey tunics; and sleeveless jersey babydoll tops worn over black leggings. And for the second season in a row, as a counterpoint to all the solid-colored jerseys, Conrad showcased a single print -- this time a bold rose graphic -- on a series of tailored pieces, including a variation on the tulip skirt, wrought in the white, blue and black printed cotton.

3 Conrad's fans, for the most part, are teens and tweens, so it makes sense for her to shy away from scary-forward fashion. But these days, we can get more directional looks at Target. As one top Hollywood stylist sitting ringside muttered, "I'm so bored."

-- Emili Vesilind

Photos, from top: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times; Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images; Chris Pizzello / AP