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Thursday September 8, 2011 6:00 pm

Max Azria took color-blocking to whimsical heights this season. The designer cut and pasted pops of color onto his chiffon and pleated-crepe pieces in the form of pockets, collars, and illusive waistlines. Cutout shoulders, layered hemlines, and deep V-necklines also created the geometric shaping evocative of block play. (Photos: Via Vogue.co.uk)

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.

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