Naeem Khan Fall 2011 runway

As New York Fashion Week wound down, the Chicks decided to go upscale at the Lincoln Restaurant, which is named for art impresario Lincoln Kirstein and not the president with the beard.

Bettina: I was awed by the Naeem Khan show. (Read the full runway review.)

Susan: As was I. Standing-ovation time.

Bettina: The minute the first model came out, I knew it would be perfection. The red sole of her Louboutins matched the red paisley pattern on her dress. It was a coup de théâtre.

Susan: You had to love the red strapless taffeta, which put me in mind of Balenciaga.

Bettina: The second dress, the ink-blot dress, looked like a Rorschach test. To me it said "heaven."

Susan: I was slack-jawed with wonder at those evening gowns.

Bettina and Susan: So many Salahi (crash a White House State Dinner) Specials!!!

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Dennis Basso fall 2011

The Ethnic Chicks have upgraded to Sant Ambroeus for soup and herbal tea because the sumptuous Dennis Basso collection put us in the mood for something warm. The collection could, in fact, be called “Evening in Gstaad”—or Aspen, for that matter. Or in the new economy, the Poconos …

Bettina: What did you love most?

Bettina and Susan: The chinchilla!!!!!!

Bettina: Shame on you, anti-fur activists, if you destroy those coats!!!

Susan: Amen!!!! I don’t see them pouring paint on the chicken breasts in the supermarket.

Bettina: But we digress.

Susan: I loved some of the below-the-knee, body-skimming mohair dresses like number three. And that Russian Barguzin sable coat (number 25) could almost drive a girl to marry for money.

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Carolina Herrera Fall 2011 runway

Hello again from Starbucks, just two ethnic chicks talking about fashion. We had such a good time discussing Badgley Mischka that we thought we’d dig deep into our memories of Valentine's Day and tell you about Carolina—Herrera, that is.

Susan: The theme of the show seemed to be “Ladies, put your clothes back on and your ‘girls’ away.” It was a relief when we are all being asked to look like refugees from a pole-dancing contest. Shall we talk about the hair?

Bettina: No! Had there been room at the Tresemmé pop-up salon, we may have been more concerned. They didn’t care about our frizz, why should we care about theirs?

Susan: Fair point. I loved this collection, especially the flannel wing skirt and the sexy yet comme il faut day dresses.

Bettina: I personally loved the evening dresses—one in particular that I could have in my closet and take out for decades to come, it was elegant with just the right amount of zhoosh.

Susan: How does one spell “zhoosh”? Is it in the OED?

Bettina: I’ve tried to get away with it on a Scrabble board and it’s never worked for me.

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