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Tracy Reese: A Cuban Beat

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The

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Tracy Reese’s fashion show invite included a video clip of Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo playing “Babalu.” And the guys with the maracas and conga drums on the runway, along with the bags of plantain chips on the seats, well, you got a good idea that Reese had something Cuban up her pretty sleeve.

Indeed her optimistic, all-out fun Cuban-inspired collection virtually undulated with energy. Models,...

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DKNY: Celebrating a 25th birthday

At the DKNY women's show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion

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It’s hard to believe that the Donna Karan’s DKNY line has been around for 25 years -- it seems like only yesterday that the feisty brand was born. For her show on Sunday afternoon, Karan made one thing perfectly clear: Age has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the exuberant brand, which remains as relevant as ever.

Here boy-meets-girl repeatedly: boyfriend jackets, stretched white shirtdresses,...

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Lela Rose: Ladylike and lovely

A model walks the runway at the Lela

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Lela Rose’ spring 2014 collection was built around Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen and the quirky geometry of mid 20th-century furniture. It was positively lovely, somehow straddling the divide between ladylike and refined, and romantic and hip.

The idea of architecture and furniture design was apparent in the perfectly clean, sculptural silhouettes, textured tweeds and stunning wood-grain...

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Herve Leger: Body-con and Nicki Minaj

A model walks the runway at the Herve

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At Herve Leger, poured on body-con slithers that molded to every curve were, natch, out in full force --  these amped up with sexy cutouts (how could they be any sexier?), peplums, gold-tone zippers galore, fringe trim and wide, wide leather corsets. In some case cinched waists were so exaggerated that the models looked like comic book super heroines -- but hey, who doesn’t want to be Wonder...

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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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Jill Stuart flirts with rock and roll

A model walks the runway at the Jill

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Smoky eyes, tousled hair, crop tops and itsy-bitsy dresses . . . the typical Jill Stuart girly-girl got a rocker chick makeover for spring 2014.

The feminine silhouettes and delicate color palette (black white, periwinkle and nude) still give off that sweet, doll-like look she's known for, but cutouts, plunging necklines and leather pieces gave the collection a punch of attitude we haven't...

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Christian Siriano: Island in the sun

A bright lily yellow creation lights up the

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In a sea of black and white (seriously  —  it's everywhere this Fashion Week), Christian Siriano's spring 2014 collection was a much-needed shot of energy.

There were subtle nods to a Mexican influence (the embroidery, the bright colors, the raffia patchwork), and then the more literal (tropical huts decorated the runway and, boy, was it hot inside the Eyebeam Center!).

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Rebecca Taylor: Pretty gal meets cool guy

A model walks the runway during the Rebecca

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Flirty, feminine wardrobe staples had a tiny bit of a tomboy edge at Rebecca Taylor’s afternoon show downtown on Saturday. All in white and blush tones, there was lots of open lace and plenty of perforated leather  – this, deceptively innocent looking, but in fact, the cuts and holes allowed for a glimpse of some serious skin beneath. 

Along with the girlie, there were quilted jackets,...

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