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In an effort to make reading Racked NY 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: Intrepid Racked correspondent Bonnie Datt reports on hippie chic from Anna Sui.
Show location: The Tent at Bryant Park.
The skinny: Striking, fun clothing, with an upscale, groovy, rocker chick aesthetic.
Celebs spotted: Peaches Geldof, Fern Mallis, Vogue's Hamish Bowles, Lynn Yaeger, Bryan Boy, model Irina Lazareanu and the New York Times' Bill Cunningham. Plus most of the crowd was dressed like stars.
The takeaway: Said to be inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, this exciting collection of layered separates kicked off with patterned knits matched with short skirts. Peasanty flower print dresses showed up in a variety of autumnal shades. Fur was prominent, appearing in cape-lets/collars, vests and a coat. Patterned wool coats often matched dresses, as did patterned tights. Metallic leathers, jacquard, houndstooth, and a flapper-esque sequin dress were also included in this solid and fun collection.
5:59pm: We're in! The backdrop looks like a Japanese version of those Tiffany windows at the Met.
6:02pm: The first two rows have black t-shirts with their gift bags. The rest do not. Gift bags include perfume, pins, post cards, a cute guitar-shaped key chain, and eye shadow.
6:09pm: No celebs yet, but the regular audience members are so well dressed! It's all very groovy Anna Sui, or the equivalent.
6:15pm: Quite a few floppy hats here. Glad I'm not sitting behind one.
6:21pm: Peaches Geldof is being interviewed. I also spot Vogue's Hamish Bowles, model Irina Lazareanu and Bill Cunningham of the New York Times.
6:28pm: It's very crowded, only a few empty seats. They're pulling the cover off the runway. It's black!
6:30pm It's starting. Eerie music, lights down. And house lights...on!
6:31pm: Cute patterned knits, florals, and plaids in browns and olives. Skirts are short.
6:32pm: Fur trim jackets, because this Fashion Week it's apparently illegal not to show fur. Now we're seeing rose-colored clothing, velvets with strips of pattern, knits.
6:34pm: Patterned dresses now: Ecru and black. Jackets are leather, capelets (capelets!) are fur.
6:36pm: Now we enter the New York world of black, gray, and silver. Print dresses, wool coats. Love this!
6:37pm: Peter Pan collars on a couple of dresses. Hmm.
6:38pm: Fabulous embroidered boots on some of the models. High, high heels!
6:39pm: We're now in the cranberry and silver portion of our show. Wait, no, make that black. Ruffled peplums on some dresses. Lots of fur vests. It's like a Rachel Zoe convention.
6:41pm: More fur. Where is PETA this year, anyway? Now a sequin dress, kind of flapper-style, with a dropped waist.
6:42pm: A bride!
6:44pm: Anna Sui is getting a standing ovation from the whole room.