Harlan Bel Spring 2009
Where & When: Sunday, September 7th at 6 p.m., the Altman Building
Runway Recap: While there will always be a place in the world for young female designers who create pretty, flirty frocks, hopefully the ones who make more structured, tougher looks stick around as well. Harlan Bel, designed by Brandy Lunsford, clearly falls into the latter category. Sticking to a mostly black-and-white palette, the structured, geometric looks featured cool cutouts, harness vests, and interesting pleats. Think Helmut Lang, but even further downtown.
Standout Look: My apologies for the blurriness of this photo, but these pants were really amazing, with a super-flattering flared leg and a cool cutout detail in front. The top takes the hard work out of layering--it's all one piece.
Bonus Points: One of my favorite models, the redhead Cintia Dicker, opened the show. Also, let me just say how much I adore the people at MAO PR. If only all fashion publicists were so lovely.
Where to Buy: Nikki Laura, at 4 Prince Street, and online at buydefinition.com.

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