wayne fall 2010 ready-to-wear

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NEW YORK, February 12, 2010
By Alison Baenen

Last season, Wayne Lee’s knockout ruched minidresses were reason enough to dust off your yoga mat (or dig out those Spanx). This season, she took a more forgiving tack, working a slightly slouchy silhouette and experimenting with sweat suiting. The latter trend has already been picked up by Zara and co., but Lee’s leather-accented marbled gray cotton version, worn with a metallic brushed-wool jacket, may be the only outfit you’ll want to put on this fall.

A partnership with Saga led to the label’s first foray into furs, and the results were characteristically assured. A cropped mink poncho in deep burnt sienna stood out for its clean geometry, while the raccoon trim on a double wool-crepe cape with an enormous hood gave an all-black look the perfect lift.

Fake fur and faux leather were put to good use, too, as part of Lee’s strategy to offer pieces at a variety of price points; they held their own among their 100 percent genuine counterparts. Still, when it comes to shopping time, the real-deal baggy leather basketball shorts and the wool culottes with leather insets could prove too charming to resist.