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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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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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Donna Karan: An emotional 30th anniversary / Fall 2014

A model walks the runway at the Donna

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Inspiration: A mesmerizing film by Steven Sebring played on a giant screen backing Donna Karan’s runway on Wall Street depicting abstract dancerly bodies. In her notes, Karan said, “I needed to express a woman’s soul and spirit from the inside out.” But, it’s fair to say that Karan used her own iconic pieces as inspiration – these celebrated and updated – all beginning with the bodysuit.

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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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