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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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Vera Wang Fall 2014: Dark dames

A model walks the runway at the Vera

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The inspiration: “Dark romance … a hint of mystery … easy allure.” These were the succinct phrases Vera Wang used in her program notes to describe her new collection. We might also add “girlish goth” to the mix.

The vibe: Dark and mysterious. Wang offered a collection for the gal who likes to speak her mind — we loved the scarab sweater with the message "U bug me" — yet still flaunt her feminine...

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Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2014: Loose and laid back

A model walks the runway at the Narciso

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The inspiration: Narciso Rodriguez seems interested in volume this season — but not huge, bulbous amounts of it, the likes of which we saw a few seasons back from other designers and which had regular shoppers scratching their heads. (How are those of us weighing in at, um, more than 100 pounds actually supposed to wear that?) This volume is different — it’s just the slightest amount of fullness,...

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014: BMX chicks & sexy ninjas

A model walks the runway at the Marc

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The inspiration: New co-designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier -- who are the first NOT-Marc-himself creatives to helm the brand (he still oversees, but handed them the reins last year) -- clearly had moto-cross, BMX racing and X Games glory on the brain.

The vibe: Tough. Gutsy. Playful. Energetic. The line is supercharged with color, sporty separates and we-mean-business chunky footwear...

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Reem Acra Fall 2014: The power of pretty

A model walks the runway at the Reem

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The inspiration: Girlie girls, and the charity luncheons or red carpet events to which they get invited.

The vibe: Serene glamour, whether you’re drawn to the iridescent feathered tops, or the trophy-like gold beaded column dresses.

The lust-o-meter: High for the “frosty pink” wool coat with brown leather belt that resembles a split-rail fence. Higher for a cardigan embroidered over...

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Kenneth Cole Fall 2014: Tough urban gypsies

A model walks the runway at the Kenneth

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The inspiration:  First, there’s Kenneth Cole’s fascination with social media, as he proved with an opening video starring Alan Cumming (of “Cabaret” and “Good Wife” fame) and (“SNL’” alum) Rachel Dratch. In a word—hilarious—but more on that in a second. Cole is also interested in “global travel,” and the feeling of liberation one gets from it.  So he observed in his program notes, and...

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4 new fragrances to try

Desigual bedazzles with a trio of mod new

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After the stock market crash of 1929, couturier Jean Patou found his clients could not afford his pricey clothes. So he created the iconic fragrance Joy. Now there's an updated scent, Joy Forever -- similar notes of rose and jasmine but with "a modern twist," $110-$190; at select Bloomingdale's and Nordstroms.

Not sure smelling like a pizza is all that romantic, but the folks at Demeter Fragrance...

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Style File: Sochi chic

Aeropostale's new Team USA Olympic line of tees,

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With the Olympics in full swing, there's no better time to break out the red, white and blue. Aeropostale's new Team USA Olympic line of tees, hoodies and hats for kids is emblazoned with all the Sochi! and Go USA! shout-outs you'd expect. For boys and girls who want to cheer their fave snowboard, bobsled and curling champs to victory; $8 to $20 at P.S. from Aeropostale stores (including Sunrise...

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Vivienne Tam Fall 2014: Cave craving

At the Vivienne Tam fashion show during Mercedes-Benz

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The inspiration: A place called Dunhuang, a revered cultural heritage site in Vivienne Tam’s native China. The place is famed for its ancient cave murals, which she’s reproduced in dresses in the form of digital prints.

The vibe: Very ‘70s, with culottes, elegant brocades and a series of maxi dresses, A-line skirts, eyelet midis. If anyone had suddenly started singing something from Carole...

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014: A hot new fabric--literally

The Alexander Wang Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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The inspiration:  Light, heat and the transformative nature of clothing seemed on the brain. And Alexander Wang's invitation to the fashion show was our first clue.  The rectangular card was black on front, with a seat assignment printed on back…along with a message in teeny print: “Touch to reveal front.”  Press your hand down on the front of the card and writing materialized out...

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