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Charlotte Ronson gets ladylike ('cept for those curious leather helmets)

A model walks the runway at the Charlotte

A model walks the runway at the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on February 10, 2012 in New York City. (Feb. 10, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Charlotte Ronson is lucky — it must be nice to have someone watching your fashion show from on high, a guardian angel of sorts, guiding your models down the runway. In Ronson’s case, it’s her sister Samantha, the DJ with the popular cult following, who sat high up in a  booth, spinning tunes for the show.

A show that was … rather ladylike, from the designer who has gone grunge in seasons past, or prairie chic. This season’s defining look is a long, cowl-neck sweater in a shade of camel that would feel very at home on the Upper East Side, worn atop a demure pencil skirt and cinched with a skinny belt. This look didn’t include gloves, but others did — long, leather and to-the-elbow.

Just to remind you, however, that she’s still a hipster at heart, the very next look was a camel knit pullover with an asymmetric hem, and figure-hugging trousers electrified with horizontal metallic black stripes. There were plenty of fun, tribal prints, clever detachable pieces (a red and plum sweater with zip-it-off scarf, a jacket with crop-it-yourself hem), plus eye-catching (and totally impractical —  OK, pretty weird-looking) chiffon or leather dickies.

Some models even wore quirky leather helmets, the type the NY Giants might’ve worn back in the day, when they played in the old Polo Grounds, and Calvin Coolidge was president.

But the overall look was demure, refined, grown-up — and terrific. This gal’s not so grown that she’s become boring (she’s late 20s, max). And it’s certainly hoot-and-holler worthy. In the finale, sister Sam, from the rafters, whooped it up in a show of approval.


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