Irving Berlin's ode to New York's Easter Parade in the eponymous 1948 musical (ooh, don't miss it: a period treasure with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Peter Lawford & Ann Miller, all shockingly young and cheery!) refers to a tradition that began mid-19th century, when the city's social elite would attend services at one of the 5th Avenue churches then parade their new fashions down "The Avenue." The, ahem, "less-than-elite" would come to catch a glimpse of the latest trends in a part Red-Carpet glam/part Runway couture event for the pre-television/PRE-pre-blogging age. Circa 2010, the Easter Parade is a bit more Lady Gaga than Lady Astor. However, we'd like to revive the tradition of haute glam with these spectacular creations currently heating up our shops. Care to take a spin?
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