Top 10 Spring 2011 Shows at New York Fashion Week

Eight days, hundreds of shows, and dozens of backstage interviews: We've culled through the week and highlighted the ten collections that made the week.

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Eight days, hundreds of shows, and dozens of backstage interviews: We've culled through the week and highlighted the ten collections that made the week. First up: Suno, a brand already famous for its bold, African-inspired prints, that managed to evolve the aesthetic in a sophisticated direction, complete with some killer platforms in collaboration with Loeffler Randall.
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Proenza Schouler
Spring 2011, to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, was an opportunity to re-think classic ladylike staples like tweed jackets and shift dresses. The designers re-envisioned the pieces in bold neons and dazzling textures, creating a whole new breed of essential.
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The sisters Mulleavy have consistently topped every editors' best-of-fashion-week lists for several seasons, but what impressed most this round was the wearability of the collection. The uniqueness remained -- with quirkly prints and original layering -- but these are oufits we also can't wait to wear.
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3.1 Phillip Lim
While Lim might not be known for statement-making runway looks, the designer consistently turns out wearable, flattering collections that are unmistakably Lim. This season, the sparkling elements and the fact that he could make polka dots desirable put him at the top of our list.
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Marc Jacobs
Jacobs' collection might not be for everyone -- '70s flares and "Taxi Driver"-inspired get-ups aren't entirely a cinch to pull off -- but the designer knows how to create a complete collection that tells a story and excites.
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Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi's simple-yet-sexy aesthetic has attracted the attention of It-girls like Chloe Sevigny and Kate Moss, but we'd bet their structured, ladylike Spring 2011 turn-out will make converts of the wider populace.
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Peter Som
One of the print-mixing masters was again in his element this season -- where mixing was a major theme -- putting together a garden party of a collection, filled with colorful florals and patterns.
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Rachel Comey
Another prints master, Rachel Comey, took her indie status up a notch by producing a monster collection packed with her signature quirky-chic dresses (all in dazzling colors and patterns), as well as an original take on the leisure suit.
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Band of Outsiders
Suffice it to say, Scott Sternberg is having a moment. Not only has he managed to pin down an utterly of the moment aesthetic with his main line, but with Spring 2011, he's also extended that same fawned-over look to spin-off lines Boy and Girl.
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Calvin Klein
In an era of minimalist dressing, there can be only one champion, and Francisco Costa came through for Calvin Klein with a languid-and-lovely line of perfectly draped dresses with pockets and tiny pleated details.
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