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Yeasayer plays at Erin Wasson x RVCA Fall 2010 Fashion Show

Last Thursday, I spotmarked for Videofashion at the Erin Wasson x RVCA show during New York Fashion Week. The runway was constructed of oriental rugs laid out around seating areas filled with antique-looking chairs and chaises and gigantic mountains of stacked rugs at ABC Carpet and Home on Broadway and 19th. The venue was gorgeous, filled with chandeliers and expensive furniture, and very original.

I got to the show two hours before the supposed start time of 8 pm to mark out and guard the spot for the cameras until the crew arrived from the Olivier Theyskens book signing. For those two hours, I was entertained by the synthpoppy wailings and catchy beats from the Brooklyn band Yeasayers. Imagine Owl City plus Vampire Weekend with drawn-out vocals, or as they say on their MySpace page, “Enya with BOUNCE.” (I really don’t know what that means.)

Erin Wasson supporters showed in full force: a pantsless Ke$ha was accompanied by a protective Joe Zee, Jared Leto looked awfully warm in a skull knit winter hat, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld appeared coolly disinterested, but not bored (how does he do that?), and Margherita Missoni (I totally missed her) was adorable in a fedora and vintage-y floral dress. To be frank, I’m terrible at picking out famous people so I count on the swarms of photogs to guide my eye, and even then I usually fail to identify the subject.

The show started an hour late at 9 pm and lasted for 15 minutes or so, possibly less. Good thing there was champagne and a live band. 22 “Alabaster”-themed looks hit the runway, but like Style.com, I found the clothes themselves to be the least interesting part of the event. Erin Wasson as the anti-supermodel-turned-designer is enviably cool. The makeup was prettily quirky (one feathered eyebrow), but the crimped and braided prairie girl hair looked like it came straight out of the Urban Outfitters catalog, and the clothes looked like stuff I can already buy at UO. Don’t get me wrong: I love UO. But if Erin Wasson wants her collection to sell for 3 times the price of the pieces at UO, the clothes better look like they’re worth it, and apart from a glam jacket or two, they didn’t. See the full collection here.

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I couldn’t help but to burst out laughing at that description of Yeasayer. Man

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