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In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: Contemporary youthful looks from Max Azria.
Show location: The Tent, Bryant Park
The skinny: Cut-outs, cage motifs, webbing, a distinct lack of color—"edge," basically.
Celebs spotted: Katrina Bowden, Leigh Lezark, Tinsley Mortimer, Kelly Rowland, Mickey Rourke, Nastia Liukin, Tara Reid, Carine Roitfeld, Estelle
The takeaway: Honestly, it all felt too familiar and a bit too late. We wish Max Azria had stuck with what he does best, rather than what's popular right now.
2:05pm: Alright we're back in the main tent today for Max Azria Spring/Summer 2010. The tent is filling slowly as many return from lunch.
2:08pm: Some names on front row seats: Lucy Liu, Katrina Bowden, L Collins (?), Leigh Lezark, Tinsley Mortimer, Kelly Rowland...
2:12pm: Gold medal gymnast (and face of Max Azria) Nastia Liukin is the first to arrive to the celeb row. She's looking very blond and tan, like she stepped out of a poster on the bedroom wall of a teenage boy.
2:14pm: Mickey Rourke! The game has changed, people.
2:18pm: Paparazzi are going nutso! All we can see are flashbulbs and the tops of perfectly groomed heads.
2:22pm: Tara Reid just rolled in here. Mickey still looking scraggly as ever.
2:25pm: The security guards are kicking people off the runway who attempt to take photos of Katrina Bowden. She's not that major a character in 30 Rock.
2:26pm: We were just asked for our "runway credentials." Never heard that before.
2:27pm: Negotiating a path through the paparazzi is scary enough. We keep getting shoved into the laps of InStyle editors. Sorry, InStyle clan!
2:29pm: People around us keep calling this the "BCBG Max Azria" show. We wonder if they're at the right one, since BCBG was on Thursday. This is simply Max Azria.
2:31pm: Makeup for the show is being done by Temptu, who did the airbrushing for Mystique in the X-men movies.
2:33pm: It's starting! And we think we see Carine Roitfeld over there...
2:33pm: First look out is a white dress with cutouts that belongs in either an American Apparel or on Alexander Wang's runway.
2:33pm: Next, a blazer with cut-out sleeves and worn with no shirt underneath. So far everything is black & white.
2:34pm: Ooh! A change in color. Now we have gray, which goes with the program's statement that theme will be postmodernism and muted tones.
2:35pm: So many cut-outs! From our seat, we can see backstage, where hair is being smoothed and final rumples straightened out.
2:35pm: We're kind of digging this gray dress that's like a vest married with a sailor suit.
2:36pm: Now we're seeing metallic stripes. This feels...familiar. Cage motifs! Seriously though, how are MIckey Rourke and Carine Roitfeld in the same place at the same time? Fashion Week for you.
2:37pm: Gray watercolor-print dress just appeared.
2:40pm: Webbing and lots of sparkles. A dress with gold-edged cutouts and two white glittery dresses.
2:41pm: Last look is out! Finale in any second.
2:44pm: And it's over. Immediate rush around Mickey Rourke. Dude is more popular than Estelle and Leigh Lezark, who probably have filled up the photographers memory cards one too many times by sitting front row at almost everything this week.
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