Twinkle by Wenlan Fall 2010

Where & When: Saturday, February 13 at 6 p.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: I always love Wenlan Chia's Twinkle shows--they're consistently one of my favorites of Fashion Week--but if I had one criticism in the past, it would be that she never shows enough of her signature knit pieces, which I adore. Thankfully, she rectified the situation this season with a generous smattering of knits in what she calls "baby chunky," a mix of gauges that creates a varied thickness and shape. Chia also excels in what I decided to call the Thinking Woman's Party Dress: frocks that are definitely meant for a night on the town, and this season they ranged from formfitting and paneled to flutter-sleeved and flowing to artfully draped to sweet, long-sleeved shifts. These dresses leave enough to the imagination, and they're constructed so that the wearer feels comfortable--because, after all, confidence is what's truly sexy, and Chia clearly understands this. From these to the cozy knits and flexible skinny pants, she knows exactly what cool girls want to wear.
Standout Look: While there were so many great dresses from which to choose, this was among my favorites, from its sweet print to its embellished neckline (no additional jewelry required!) and full, fluttery sleeves. The shape is soft, pretty, and relaxed, and I can totally picture myself wearing it.
Bonus Points: Upgrading to the Promenade (from her usual Salon venue) upgraded my seat as well; it was the best (assigned) one I had thus far.
Where to Buy: Click here for stores.

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