Talk of the Tents

New York Fashion Week photos, live blogging, runway highlights and celebrities.

Kaufmanfranco's bandaged beauties

Kaufmanfranco designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco have had the great fortune of being loooooved by the ladies of Hollywood—Jennifer Aniston, most prominently, not to mention any of the celebs—including Jane Krakowski, Olivia Palermo, Katie Cassidy and Ashley Greene—sitting front row at KF’s runway show Monday night.

It’s easy to see why—there were plenty of riveting, red carpet gowns on...

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3.1 Phillip Lim--style with a geology lesson

If you’re like Michelle Obama—a sucker for a good print—then you’ll love slipping into many of the pieces in the 3.1 Phillip Lim spring collection. He had some grand themes on his mind, namely a “survey of raw landscapes,” as he wrote in his program notes, and an exploration of brutal yet “beautifully charged” ecosystems. Okay. What that translates into is a selection of exceedingly clever and original...

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Ralph Rucci wins the bronze

A model walks the runway at the Ralph

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Forget gold and silver -- Ralph Rucci is making a case for bronze this spring, with a series of dresses and jackets that may just win you over.

Let’s go straight to one of our faves -- a harness jersey dress, with skinny straps and horizontal slits cut right at the (low) neckline. It floated delicately as the model walked, hugging the figure in all the right places. And then there was...

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Zac Posen gets (very) romantic

A model walks the runway at the Zac

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Nobody does romance like Zac Posen -- it’s part of the brand’s DNA, and perhaps what keeps his customers coming back, checking him out, despite a few bumpy seasons when the economy tumbled and we feared maybe he had, too. But the former infant terrible seemed to show a mature, refined side with this spring collection of pale florals, bias-cut satin gowns and sculpted, ruffled skirts.

Peach,...

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Vivienne Tam's tribute to Shanghai

A model presents a creation by Vivienne Tam

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An ode to modern Shanghai -- Vivienne Tam’s spring line is inspired by China’s most pulsating, vibrant metropolis, and it’s evident in a lot of the looks she sent down the runway. There’s the skyline patterns on a crewneck sweater, and a lot of gritty black and white prints, and yet surprisingly this may be one of Vivienne Tam’s softest collections in years.

The China-born designer usually...

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Altuzarra borrows from Boro. Boro?

A model walks the runway at the Altuzarra

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Inspiration for Altuzarra’s spring collection comes from Japanese Boro gear. You know…BORO. Yeah, he explained it in his program, but we had to look it up later. Boro is a term for ragged clothes or textiles worn by farmers and fishermen, patched and stitched together to make them last longer. Real clothes, with real purpose. It’s a far cry from today’s trend-driven, disposable fashion, but that’s...

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Cynthia Rowley--party on!

A model poses at the Cynthia Rowley presentation

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Cynthia Rowley’s spring presentation, in a stately hall at the High Line Hotel, had the look of a big, bawdy party—like a bunch of free spirits had taken over a university or monastery (the hotel was originally part of a seminary) to celebrate Mardi Gras or Carnival.

There were no Mardi Gras beads, actually, but the ticky-tacky decorations hanging from grand chandeliers had that look. (New...

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Alexander Wang reveals (almost) all

The Alexander Wang Spring 2014 collection is modeled

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If Alexander Wang designed hospital gowns, patients might not feel that squeamish about wearing them. And they’d be so much more luxurious.

At his spring fashion show on Saturday at the massive Pier 94, Wang choreographed one of his deconstructivist extravaganzas, with large white cages as far as the eye could see, and models coming…from everywhere, it seemed, walking in a complicated criss-cross...

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Kenneth Cole's street style

A model poses at the Kenneth Cole Fashion

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Kenneth Cole is lord of the Twitterverse. Outside his spring presentation Saturday he parked a big truck that blared, “Are you following me?” while inside he encouraged his models to spend time on their phones, tweeting and Instagramming with friends.

It’s all part of the overall look, swiped from the street, of sporty bombers trimmed with bright green snakeskin, scuba tops, leather moto jackets...

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Nicole Miller's 'coup-ture'

A model walks the runway at the Nicole

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Nicole Miller is staging a style coup, of sorts, with a spring wardrobe fit for the well-dressed rebellista. “Rebels with a Cause,” she calls it — a collection that looks just as good strolling through Versailles…as storming it.

The designer, known for her cheeky prints, mentioned “the gardens of Versailles” and “storming the castle” in her program notes. This was her attempt, it seemed, to...

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