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On the Runway: Tuleh Trots Out Quirky Socialites

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There was a packed house tonight to see Tuleh's pretty clothes for posh women who want to look just a little bit quirky. It takes awhile to wrangle an audience that big, but eventually the show started and a seemingly endless parade of models came out crowned with messy poufs of socialite hair — like a string of Capitol Hill wives who just had a tryst in the coat room.

Classic silhouettes dominated tonight; there were plenty of nipped waists and pretty skirts, some with tiers of ruffles. There were also a lot of dramatically tied bows, like on the neck of a full-sleeved secretary blouse with a cut-out back, or at the back of a sleeveless top with a black lace insert across the shoulders.

Some of the jackets were tailored to such traditional specifications that they went out the other end and became kind of edgy, with super-nipped waists, wide lapels, and necklines that almost dropped off the shoulder. The collars on those dipped low and cutely kimonolike at the back of the neck. A bright orange trenchcoat styled in that vein was one of the standouts of the collection.

Then The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" came on, and a model walked down the aisle wearing a long, crisp white suit with her head enveloped in an angular cloud of white net. She led a series of brides including one in a jeweled tank top and shorts, one in a corset and trousers, one who was rocking the old-school Hollywood glamour, but with a draped hood instead of a veil, and one in a dramatic dropped-waist gown with a diminutive gold crown.
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