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Last night a bustling and beautiful crowd—including Olivia Palermo, Peaches Geldof, Lynn Yaeger, Mickey Boardman, cast members of 90210 and Alexander Calder's grandson (who was wearing a massive Calder necklace that we swore had to be a reproduction until we found out whose neck it was hanging from)—gathered at Exit Gallery for Elise Overland's spring collection—her first proper runway show. The buzz and the crowd were warranted—Overland's collection was very strong, totally cohesive, wearable, and struck a perfect balance between Downtown edge and Uptown luxury.

The star of the show was leather—Overland's signature. Performated leather in nude neutral tones was perfect whether fashioned into a slinky paneled party dress or a sweet, classic 1940s silhouette. Leather jeans—skintight and black—were supple and wearable. Perforated leather bustiers were paired with silk, airy trousers and a perfectly cropped and slouchy gold lamé blazer with exaggerated lapels. Backless lambskin dresses were sleek and sexy while dresses and jumpsuits in a soft, over-sized snow-leopard print added a shot of whimsy. Tie-dyed, acid-tinged denim were rock-and-roll while snow white beading and patchwork tuxedo jackets added a touch of evening glamor. And, a bit of levity came down the catwalk in the form of a silky tunic dress screened with a larger-than-life Mexican wrestler mask. Fun and sexy, this could be a huge selling collection for Overland.
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