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Meet & Love Alex & Eli

There's been a buzz around Alex & Eli for the past few months and we finally caught up with the designers behind the brand at the Bryant Park Hotel this morning to sneak a peek at their Fall 09 collection. The line's designed by Anna Zeman and Aja (pronounced Asia) Singer, both Parsons grads and together alums of Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera and Rodarte. Alex & Eli comes from their middle names, Alexandra and Elizabeth - masculinized for their line of suiting. But there's nothing really masculine about their clothes. It's more about the idea of stellar, old-school, attention-to-detail tailoring usually reserved for custom made men's suits and not a $500 price point. Their Fall collection's inspired by stained glass and Mommy Dearest which means panel-cut jackets (which we've never seen before) and mostly dark colors with pops of fuchsia and burnt yellow. There are raw silk, high-waisted trousers and a swingy, nude tank top with a sheer white back. Technically, it's for the customer who has to wear a suit but wants to look chic and fashionable doing so. But we would never ever wear a suit and we'd wear all of this. The girls are busy meeting with a long list of buyers but as soon as we know where you can try on their awe-inspiring suit-jumpsuit, we'll let you know.

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