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This week, Cintra Wilson checks in on Marni on the Upper East Side. She appreciates the Italian label's wackiness even as she recognizes that the clothing is completely unsexy: "The runway looks are just starting to arrive, and, this season, Ms. Castiglioni seems to be reveling in the weird glitz-modern of early-1970s square: wonky plaids in lurid, oversaturated green; strange neck-concealing dickeys. My first thought: 'First Lady Jan Brady.' On second thought: If Jackie Chan was in a screwball fight sequence that took place in a wealthy retirement community and he jumped down a Salvation Army donation chute, this is the stuff he would fly out wearing." [NYT]