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The Thuy show started a prompt half hour late, giving early guests a bit time to sort through the gift bag—which included a gift certificate for a spa treatment, and interestingly, a tube filled with book covers. Perhaps this reflects Thuy’s anticipation of the eclectic mixture of observers, which ranged from people in tennis shoes and flannel, to women dressed in Louboutins paired with either zebra or cheetah prints.
The show began in true Fall 2009 fashion, with lots of subdued greys and blacks. The models all wore their hair wispily up with sun kissed, natural makeup, and walked to very summery music. For this season, it appears that Thuy Diep is sticking with her structured roots (her parents ran a tailoring school in Vietnam), showing simple and well made outerwear. While this more masculine, tailored style can be seen in her many wool coats and equestrian blazers, she makes sure to add feminine details, like a synched sleeve or flowy collar and lapel. The more girly touches continue as she intersperses royal blue and sunflower yellow in between her more tonal looks. Exposed gold zippers were also popular in her dresses, and unexpectedly, a silver snakeskin-like fabric made its entrance later in the show. A couple of garments in a muted green and purple tie-dye, as well as a controversial shiny green/yellow/purple fabric created interest among onlookers. In all, Thuy remains prim and proper, while providing a few rebellious touches that give us something to talk about.—Jake Goicoechea