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Irina Shabayeva: Snowflakes and surprise dresses


NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A model walks the runway at the Irina Shabayeva Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG) Credit: Getty/Frazer Harrison

"Project Runway's" season 6 winner, Irina Shabayeva, made her solo debut at the tents and we're wondering how she found the time. She already has a line at Kleinfeld's and just released a capsule collection for INC International Concepts at Macy's.  Her namesake line ran hot and cold for fall, and we mean that both in terms of her intention . . . and our take.

Inspired by fire and ice, she sent a slew of dresses and coats down the runway in hot-hot red (also gray, white and black) with laser-cut snowflake designs.  A fun concept, which looked good with other sculptural pieces, like a flared camel waistcoat.  But the flakes kept coming . . . and coming, kind of like the weather lately.  Enough is enough. 

She shows promise, and we imagine as she matures she'll get better at editing. And pacing her models — two models showed up trailing behind the finale in pretty gowns we hadn't seen in the actual show (presumably there was a little quick-change snafu backstage).  Like we said . . . give her time.

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