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Modern architecture and technique met in an inspired MaxMara show. This collection is worth checking out; pictures don’t adequately convey the textures of fabrics — which include camel’s hair, cashmere and a spun alpaca that resembles fur — or how well the volumes of the coats were worked out. The Bauhaus was apparently the inspiration for the everyday stylishness, as well as the soft browns and slate grays. The underpinnings were duly up-to-date: ribbed knits and a pajama-like separates, with sneakers.

Somehow, the many mutations of prints at Etro had a dulling effect. It was unclear what Veronica Etro wanted to do. There were the exploding line patterns and then some rather hard-looking sportswear with much trimming, but it all seemed like just clothes.

Ms. Versace whipped out a terrific show. Sure, there is now an adolescent quality to sex-shop leather (down to the studded stiletto cowboy boots). But after last season’s insubstantial clothes, she has maneuvered Versace toward a more youthful customer without losing sophistication and brand identity.

Plus, her take on styles like kilts (with a front flap of black patent leather) and classic overcoats, in Vegas-bright wool and animal-print fur, looked fresh. Along with those ear spears (about the size of a meat thermometer) and spiked collars, the collection made a big statement.

Dating Survey

Dating Survey Guy Speaks, Defends Himself Against Creepiness.

Last week, the dating “mistake” that had the Internet cluck-clucking in joyful schadenfreude was the survey sent by a “24-year-old finance guy” to one of his dates. Deadspin called it “creepy.” But now the survey creator, who gave us permission to use his full name, Michael Stolar, is sharing his side of the story.

Stolar’s practice of surveying his dates on his own date performance landed at Deadspin after a woman forwarded it on to Deadspin, and while she did not fill out the survey, she did pass on her review of him: he was “overall moderately attractive” and “a little socially inept…[not] too creepy, just the type of guy who overanalyzes every detail and feels completely awkward in the majority of social situations. It didn’t seem like he got out much.” This little story of a man, a woman, and the aftermath of their four dates went on to be picked up elsewhere, because, as we wrote at the time, “Everything We Do While Dating Is Creepy and Potentially Viral,” and Stolar’s survey fit the bill perfectly. Supposedly “creepy” actions, check. “Finance guy,” a/k/a guy with a career we can hate, check. Embarrassing public disclosure of that which had been intended as private, check. Opportunity for mockery of someone else’s presumed incompetence in the field of dating, which makes the rest of us creeps feel so much better about ourselves, double check. But that’s never the full story.

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