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Rachel Rachel Roy |  Ramzi Dreessen~Sun-Times

Rachel Rachel Roy | Ramzi Dreessen~Sun-Times

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Updated: September 15, 2012 6:14AM

At Friday night’s Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, the vibe was swinging ‘60s but the fall fashion preview was pure ladylike sophistication.

Themed “The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!” the 21st annual event paid homage to British pop music of the past with runway presentations planted firmly in the present, featuring richly textured collections from many designers influenced by the Brits — from Tommy Hilfiger’s English countryside-inspired cable knits to Marc Jacobs’ Iron Lady brocades.

“There’s been a lot of momentum with Will and Kate and their wedding and the Olympics,” explained Glamorama fashion director Laura Schara. “Fashion is taking a nod from the British, and they’re a little more dressed up, more classically dressed.”

A big trend threaded throughout the show was the predominance of plum shades in clothes and accessories, especially rich burgundy shown in several collections on leather boots and handbags. “It’s probably the newest, hottest color for the fall season,” said Schara. “It pairs with neutrals like camel and chocolate.” Another look that dominated the runway was menswear for women: sleek tuxedo-inspired pantsuits and coats with sharp-edged shoulder pads by Donna Karan, and military details like an olive double-breasted coat by Rachel Rachel Roy that was paired with a metallic evening gown.

For men, Macy’s Impulse (featuring Armani Jeans, Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman and other labels) showed looks that were more inspired by the rebels of the ‘50s: Jeans and pants were rolled at the ankle, paired with biker boots and patterned blazers. Statement hats for men and women accented nearly every collection, from newsboys by Sean Jean to mini-fedoras by Donna Karan to outrageously oversized fur hats by Marc Jacobs.

In stark contrast to the buttoned-up fashion presentation, the mostly-female crowd squealed the loudest during the show’s finale: Pairs of male models dressed in Diesel boxer briefs marched around with tongue-in-cheek headgear (think British royal guards’ bearskin hats and powdered wigs).

It was an irony noted by jewelry designer Lana Bramlette, who attended the event with her husband, Rob. “This was a show for the ladies,” Bramlette joked. “There was nothing in it for my husband.”

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