A model walks the runway at the Vivienne Tam Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

But no one does a melange of patterns better than Duro Olowu. The Ni­ger­ian-born designer combined vivid colors, abstract art, animal prints, stripes and florals, frequently in one dress, in his presentation last night.


A model walks the runway at the Honor Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Frazer Harrison/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ)

Almost every big name in fashion showed up last night for the Joseph Altazurra show at the Chelsea Art Museum. On the eve of Sept. 11, though, the designer showed a more ominous world view than the colleagues preceding him. Against a wild forest backdrop and the sound of drum beats, he sent models down the runway in shirts and vests with built-in holsters. Black leather coats and shiny black pant suits brought to mind episodes of “The Sopranos.” Though there were plenty of bursts of color from lime-green tops and vividly colored jungle print pants, the message was, “Be wary.”

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