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Donatella Versace's Versus Versace collection, Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B.

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Blonde-spotting may well become an official sport when New York Fashion Week gets going on Thursday.

Fashion-followers all over town are hoping to catch a glimpse of Donatella Versace, who will show her Versus Versace collection -- new to the show roster -- on Sunday night. Gwen Stefani is back to present her L.A.M.B. collection followed by cocktails early Saturday evening. And while we're...

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Marc Jacobs Fall 2014: Happy days are (reportedly) here again

A model walks the runway at the Marc

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The inspiration: The Depression-era song “Happy Days Are Here Again” may not have been inspiration per se, but it certainly was a strong influence — though it was not the traditional peppy version that Marc Jacobs played as the models strutted the runway. It wasn’t Barbara Streisand’s ironic, slower-paced version — not even the “Glee” duets take. Instead, an hypnotic voice recited the lyrics over...

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Calvin Klein Fall 2014: Mo' better mohair

A model walks the runway at the Calvin

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The inspiration: The now-infamous polar vortex must’ve been on the brain of Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa. His parade of plush wool and mohair dresses and coats is clearly designed to warm, of course, but also to comfort and soothe.

The vibe: Serene. This is, after all, a Calvin Klein show.

The lust-o-meter: The palette was fairly standard for this brand — primarily black and...

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Ralph Lauren Fall 2014: Here comes a whole new line

A model walks the runway at the Ralph

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The inspiration: It wasn’t so much inspiration as news that fueled Ralph Lauren’s runway show. Make that shows, plural, as in two back-to-back, one of his luxe line (Ralph Lauren Collection), and the other his first-ever Polo diffusion line for women.

The vibe:  Exciting, given that there's a whole new Ralph line and vision to check out. Debuts like that don’t come around very often.


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Betsey Johnson Fall 2014: Street Sirens

Johnson, center, appears with her granddaughters after showing

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Inspiration:  Hotness and yeah more hotness.  Yep, Johnson’s invitation featured a red hot water bottle with a message that blared, “It’s cold outside.  Betsey’s hot.”  Likewise, her runway program, edged in flame graphics, showed a red burner on a stove and touted the message once again:  “Betsey’s Hot.”  Her concept?  Rihanna meets "American Hustle," and Johnson...

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Anna Sui Fall 2014: Bobbed and bubbly

A ruby Mongolian fur coat was among the

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The inspiration: Given the old-timey jazz music, and the models’ plastered-down bobs, it seems clear that Anna Sui was preoccupied with the 1920s, whether in Hong Kong, Shanghai or even the Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles or San Francisco


The vibe:  Eclectic, sassy, maybe even a little dangerous, with a mix of patterns that's busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy.



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Clover Canyon Fall 2014: Celtic enchantment

Robes are an intriguing alternative to a jacket

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The inspiration: In a word—Ireland.  Clover Canyon's program notes featured a poem by William Butler Yeats (“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world / For I would ride with you upon the wind…”) and praised the greenest of greens, the country spires and the stouthearted spirit of the Irish. No wonder the line is called Celtic Enchantment.


The vibe:  Electric. This...

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Marchesa Fall 2014: Firepower

The Marchesa Fall 2014 collection featured evening wear

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Inspiration:  “Visions of billowing bonfires sweeping through the Scottish Highlands,” was the inspiration for Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s runway according to notes.

The vibe:  The show was, as usual, held at the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library.  Even before the designers get their hands on it, it’s a gorgeous space, with domed ceilings...

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Michael Kors Fall 2014: The big easy

A model walks the runway at the Michael

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Inspiration:  “Big Sur, Big City,” said program notes — the notion being an easy, breezy Cali casual melded with the polish and sophistication that is Kors’ calling card. The vibe:  Antennae were up for this big day show at Spring Studios set on Varick Street near the Holland Tunnel.  Kors has been an anchor at the tents for many years and his defection to the downtown space...

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014: Tale of two pretties

A model walks the runway at the Oscar

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Inspiration:  The designer didn’t spell it out but there was a clear edge to the collection divided into two beautifully executed parts  — swanky but slightly toughed up daywear and glam, frothy looks for evening.  The former was new for de la Renta, modern and a breakout from a more conservative ladies-who-lunch looks…think a studded leather suit that clung to every curve.


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