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Karen Walker Channels Bob Dylan, The Sound of Music

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When we sat ourselves down in the Altman Building for Karen Walker's fall/winter 2010 collection, we were greeted by a lot of notes and a big bag of treats. Though the treats—adorable knee socks, hot pink nail polish, a Karen Walker costume necklace, some facial moisturizers—were fantastic, we were most intrigued by the notes. Mainly the fact that this particular collection was inspired by Bob Dylan. And The Sound of Music. What?

Then the models started streaming down the runway (to Bob Dylan, of course) and it actually really made sense. There were the skinny-hippie trousers, A-line skirts and cropped blazers in off-navy corduroy—an homage to folk. And The Sound of Music? Check the chunky woolens, the sheepskin vests and totes, the menswear-ish gray wool, and signature prints that call to mind the damask curtain play-clothes Maria created for the von Trapp brood. Add to the mix a rusty cartoon floral, tons of gray jersey—we loved the wool shoulder fringing on sweatshirts and heathered day dresses—and splashes of peach and periwinkle and there you have it: Dylan meets the Captain for the Karen Walker woman.

A fun, enthusiastic, and optimistic show means a pretty happy audience. Along with a slew from Teen Vogue, we spotted Peaches Geldof cracking up as she painted her male companion's fingernails pink while Nylon's Marvin Scott Jarrett (pictured with Peaches below) looked on between group photo-ops. And, you know, you just can't get more entertaining than that while waiting for a show to start.

· Fashion Week Fall 2010 All Coverage [Racked NY]

The Altman Building

135 W. 18th St., New York, NY