I guess this is the British Invasion in reverse?

If you're in London, you can take a peek at New York fashion designers' collections. The exhibit, which includes artists like Zac Posen (who went to Central Saint Martins *I'm so jealous!!*) and Behnaz Sarafpour, will be at the V&A from April 17 to September 23. So there isn't really a huge rush, b/c you've got quite a while to see it, but hey -- maybe you'd want to see it twice...

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Rd., SW7

This is a dress from Zac Posen's debut ready-to-wear line (Fall 2002). See, metallics have always been in! (ha.)

Behnaz Sarafpour's contribution to the V&A collection.

This beautiful jersey dress is from Costello Tagliapietra (duo Jeffrey Costello and Roberto Tagliapetra). I'm not entirely sure if you have to be really tall to pull this off, but regardless -- it's breathtaking. I especially like the train; it's dramatic without being over-the-top, which is just what you need sometimes. Over-the-top has its place, but so does the subtle drama that this dress exudes.

Apparently, I'm a sucker for draping, because I couldn't stop staring at this Jean Yu dress. I like the Greco-Roman influence -- doesn't the top remind you of a toga?

Thom Browne's highwater-chic designs are also on exhibit. You know -- I give major props to any guy who would actually buy and wear this out in public. It takes a lot of bravery to wear what my brother and I affectionately call "ankle-bangers" on PURPOSE. (Also, what the heck is this suit made out of?)

I'm going to let my Brit friends know about it; if all goes well, maybe I can get some first-hand pictures of the exhibit and even *gasp* a review? Cross your fingers!

Photos from style.com, thanks to the V&A

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