It’s not even Day One of Mercedes-Benz Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week, and already you can spot some trends emerging.  Peplum skirts and tops.  Big, floppy hats.  Animal prints.  Dots.  Chunky Sweaters.

WHITHow do I know this?  Well, all were well-represented at the WHIT presentation at the W Union Square.  Whitney Pozgay has a real sense of how to take trends and make them work.  Her looks are so girly, feminine and pretty, they ought to make your teeth ache with their sweetness, but they don’t.  There’s an edge to her looks that make them wearable, desirable.

WHITPresented, as they were, in a ballroom at the W, in dark-ish light, with models standing, or sitting on comfy chairs, it was a scene straight out of the ‘40s.  And that gave Pozgay’s designs a real retro feel.  But make no mistake, these were clothes for the modern girl, racing for a cab after clubbing in Meatpacking till just before dawn.

WHITThe tones were mostly muted, with pops of color coming in the form of a bright teal top under a beige jumper, a simple dress made a bit more complicated by its leopard print, or deep, dark navies.

WHIT Young, feminine, and built as much for comfort as for style, WHIT is making a statement for Fall that says beauty can have an edge.  I hope we see more as the week moves forward.

Photography: Anton Brookes

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