Highlights for your office water cooler from the weekend at the shows.
- The most spectacular look at Jason Wu's Spring 2011 show was inspired by a plate of truffle pasta he ate in Italy. True story.
- After a Fall 2010 collection packed with black velvet and references to Wall Street, Alexander Wang went back to basics with a nearly all-white showing for Spring 2011 … which he followed with a carnival after-party (complete with carousel and bouncy castle). Oh, and did we mention that ALT wore shorts to the show?
- Lincoln Center got its first fall, courtesy of model Ataui Deng, who spilled on Zac Posen's Z Spoke runway. (Apparently the separate shoe rehearsal to help the models navigate the treacherous footwear didn't help.)
- Sarah Jessica Parker popped up backstage at Diane von Fustenberg.
- Preen showed one of the weekend's strongest collections -- an elegantly tailored mix that was at once strong and feminine, rendered in a neutral palette of icy grays and blues.
- Altuzarra, on the other hand, staged the most debated collection of the weekend. Yes, it was daring, inventive, and original -- things we all want our young American talents to be doing. But will this particular talent ever earn the kind of commercial success one needs to truly thrive in the New York scene?
- High buns. Everybody's doing it.
- Prabal Gurung wants his ladies to be both fabulously dressed and SMART.
- Contrary to what the label's PR had promised in a release last week, Val Kilmer never actually showed at Elise Overland. Weirdest red herring ever.