Talk of the Tents

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Vivienne Tam inspired by Pop Art, Chinese New Year

Vivienne Tam celebrated the Chinese New Year at

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Vivienne Tam celebrated the Chinese New Year at her Sunday night show with a Pop Art- and punk-inspired collection of graphic prints in bold colors -- black, red, white.

Take the first look, which spoke volumes of what was to come. The model wore a black jacket with leather sleeves and a “Pop Culture Obama” print -- that’s right, the president’s face multiplied many times over, as if in a...

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Altuzarra takes to the street

A look from the Altuzarra Fall 2013 collection,


The young designer Joseph Altuzarra looked to the street for inspiration this season.  As he explained in his program notes, the zigzag of skyline, the glint of pavement after a rain, the flashes of color from passing cars all found expression in this edgy, ultra-feminine collection.

Industrial zippers swirled around dresses and skirts like the tracks on a subway map, trimming panels...

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Alexander Wang--swaddling in style

A look from the Alexander Wang Fall 2013


Alexander Wang is not shy when it comes to taking his bow. It’s an odd phenomenon in the fashion world that so many of the designers of bold, brash, avante-garde clothes take the meekest of bows—they hesitate, take a mincing step forward onto the runway, give a half-hearted wave, then quickly escape to the safety of backstage. You wouldn’t think they’d be so shy. 

Shyness isn’t an issue...

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Christian Siriano channels irresistable '50s glamour

Two looks from the Christian Siriano collection walked

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Few young designers channel 1950s Hollywood glamour like Christian Siriano. When it comes to new New Looks, he leads the pack, and this collection is chock-full of examples. The liquid gold lamé blouse and pencil skirt. The metallic fuchsia tux jacket and matching cropped pant. A cocktail dress with gold sequin bodice and an explosion of layered black tulle beneath. 

There were simple...

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Hervé Léger's animal magnetism

A black and white piece walks down the

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Hervé Léger by Max Azria looked to nature for inspiration this season, and the abstract sculpture of Les Lalanne, a French husband-and-wife duo known for clever takes on animals and vegetation. 

Here are chic looks for the urban jungle: swingy bandage dresses with dazzling appliqués and beading, exotic matching leggings, cuff booties and the occasional leather harness layered on like...

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Nicole Miller riffs on menswear

A model walks the runway during the Nicole

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Nicole Miller is swiping from her guy’s closet for fall. Not sure what he’ll be left with, but you’ll look solid, strong, sexy. And always feminine, whether you’re wearing one of her menswear-inspired jackets paired with a soft, gathered skirt, or a charcoal dress gently draped to one side.

It’s no Nicole show, of course, without the inventive, unstoppable prints, and there’s no way not to...

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Rag & Bone: Very English, very cool

The Fashion Week blizzard was really picking up — somehow pelting fashion’s faithful with snow, rain and face-stinging hail all at once — as the Rag & Bone show began on Friday.  And maybe because of all that wet ruckus outside the runway seemed an oasis of quiet and cool. 

The R&B blokes — Brit-born Marcus Wainwright and David Neville — sometimes churn out collections...

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Yigal Azrouël gets dangerous

A model walks the runway at the Yigal

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It’s not very often a designer admits wanting to scare you. Well, not scare, but Yigal Azrouël certainly wants to give you goosebumps. His collection hints of “danger” and a “chilling allure,” he writes in his program notes. Wear this gear and you’ll appear intriguing, maybe a little intimidating, he seems to say.

Nowhere is this more apparent than his bold, brazen outerwear. A massive, burgundy...

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Rebecca Minkoff: Prep school girls gone wild (a little)

A model shows off designs by Rebecca Minkoff

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Live music from the aptly named “Wild Club” band opened the packed-to-the-rafters Rebecca Minkoff show at the tents Friday afternoon, where the designer’s vision of “sophisticated grunge” was rendered in an appealing and delightfully quirky way.

More than grungy, there was a subversive note to Minkoff’s girls – school uniforms turned a little naughty: an elongated short in black leather, a...

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Richard Chai Love: Tailored, polished with a welcome pop of purple

A lavender peplum dress reminded us that the

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While some designers went for more relaxed silhouettes on the first day of Fashion Week, Richard Chai Love’s polished runway was streamlined, tailored and all buttoned up. Chai explored neat military styles in shades of evergreen, pine and olive.

There were coats galore, among our faves a high-necked graphic floral parka. Menswear-inspired “speckled plaid” overcoats and blazers seemed a touch...

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