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Thursday September 8, 2011 10:00 am

After several recession-induced seasons of restraint, designers are over playing it safe. Excess is in, but the best looks exude a cool control and a keen eye for tribal embellishment (think Navajo) and a print-on-print-on-print mix. But over-the-top doesn’t always mean more. Take the here-to-stay late-’90s trend: pared down, cropped short, excessively cool.

Thursday September 8, 2011 9:30 am

THE EXPERT: Makeup artist Sylwia Rakowska

THE CREDENTIALS: Rakowska’s work has appeared in magazines from Marie Claire and Japanese Vogue to Neue Mode and Spanish Elle. Celebrity clients include John Leguizamo, Winona Ryder, Olivia Wilde, and Alek Wek.

THE HOW-TO: “For a modern take on a mod eye, use a light, creamy eye shadow, like Laura Mercier’s metallic crème eye color in Platinum.

Thursday September 8, 2011 8:11 am

If you’re still waiting for that priority standing assignment to that très spécial fashion show late Tuesday evening on some far-flung, super exclusive rooftop pier with a runway finished in sustainably harvested panda fur and fair-trade Angolan diamonds personally selected by staff subcontracted by an art dealer who once studied creative advertising at Leeds College of Art a few years after Damien Hirst graduated, then instead you would do well to just plain relax.

Wednesday September 7, 2011 12:43 pm

FordPROJECT announces the opening of “Reflections,” a group exhibition showcasing three young Japanese artists, Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo, and Toru Kuwakubo. The exhibition inaugurates a collaboration with the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, widely recognized as a leader in the representation of contemporary Japanese artists.

Wednesday September 7, 2011 11:57 am

With the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S 2012 beginning Thursday morning there is time for one further introduction before schedules and deadlines become a complete shambles. The ready-to-wear runway season is just beginning for women, but for men designers all but rested their case in June with the Milan and Paris menswear shows.

Wednesday September 7, 2011 10:00 am

The popularity of ultra-saturated colors has been one of the biggest stories of 2011. For Fall, designers pushed the envelope further, color-blocking multiple hues in single garments for added visual punch. Click through to make this bold look your own.

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