G-Star Raw Fall 2011

When & Where: Saturday, February 12 at 7 p.m., the Theatre, Lincoln Center
Runway Recap: There is regular denim, and then there is G-Star Raw. Knowing this show tends to draw notice for its front row (see below) more than anything else, I was a bit skeptical going in. However, the combined men's and women's runway show carried a strong military theme throughout, combining tweeds and utility details with innovative denim treatments and construction. Many of the women's jeans were slouchy, in a slightly androgynous way, and while there were several skirts and dresses in the collection, they were designed with functionality in mind. It was all very tough and utilitarian, and with a strong point of view, which, with so many denim labels out there, is key to standing out from the pack.
Standout Look: This was my favorite example of the show's overall look: a rough (or Raw, if you will) patchwork-like blazer with extra-slouchy denim pants. It looks vintage and modern at the same time, and it's something that could work for either gender.
Bonus Points: There were so many celebrities in the front row, I didn't notice them all until halfway through the show: Rosario Dawson, Jared Leto, Mena Suvari, Yaya DaCosta, Frederique Van Der Wal, Elsa Pataky, Alan Cumming, and half the cast of MTV's Skins.
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