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Nina Ruggiero

Nina Ruggiero covers shopping and fashion for exploreLI.com and newsday.com. She hopes to make the Long Island shopping experience fun and easy for readers by keeping up with the latest trends, deals and hot topics.

Marc Jacobs Spring 2015: Style and a big pink house

Marc Jacobs' Spring 2015 presentation at New York

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The inspiration:  Our hyped-up, supertech, militaristic world. Or so it seemed. At the start, all we had to go on was the BIG PINK HOUSE. It sat in the middle of the Park Avenue Armory, where Marc Jacobs held his show Thursday, like an oversized suburban home surrounded by lavender gravel and rows of seating covered in hot pink shag carpeting. Comfy, that.

The vibe:  Kitschy, cozy...

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Calvin Klein spring 2015: Seasonless, sleek and smart

Any coat in the Spring 2015 Calvin Klein

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Inspiration:  At his downtown show on Thursday afternoon, Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa delivered a slick, seasonless collection that was both powerful and feminine which, he said in notes, was inspired by menswear.

The vibe:  Cool, composed, ladylike but confident, Costa was intent on, “Making the body a little more exposed in a way, you know, giving the woman more...

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Christina Milian gets around

Christina Milian attends the Betsey Johnson fashion show

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Christina Milian knows how to get around at New York Fashion Week -- the recording artist and all-around hottie has been spotted at Betsey Johnson, the Elle Runway Collection by Kohl’s and OK Magazine’s Eighth Annual NYFW Celebration -- and that was just on Wednesday. (Three different outfits, mind you.)

“You gotta move fast,” says Milian, laughing.

She and her sister, Liz, sat front...

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Ralph Lauren spring 2015: A romantic safari

We predict women will go wild for any

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Inspiration: Presented downtown on Thursday morning, Ralph Lauren explained his collection as, “an exotic kind of luxury, the spirit of a romantic safari emboldened by luminous colors played against the heritage of pure khakis in sleek and modern shapes.”

The vibe: To set the scene, mosquito netting swathed the runway’s giant chandeliers and an enormous floral arrangement of exotic flowers...

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The Blonds are very, very blonde

The downtownerati showed up in droves to hoot

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Paris Hilton showed up to check out the latest fashions from The Blonds, and their show surely didn’t disappoint anyone who is a downtown diva, club kid, or style rebel with (or without) a cause -- and Paris, as we know, is pretty much all of those things combined.

The downtownerati showed up in droves to hoot and holler for the outrageous and fun gear, which was all inspired by Barbara Eden’s...

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Betsey Johnson's bridal romp

Brides, grooms, bridesmaids and more were on hand

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Betsey Johnson may be prepping to be a contestant on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” -- which premieres Sept. 15 -- but she still had time to churn out a spirited collection of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and assorted party frocks, worn by men ... women ... drag queens ... a transgender model ... former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camille Grammer ... and the crowd went wild!

Entitled...

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Michael Kors Spring 2015: The perennial optimist

Michael Kors' collection for Spring 2015 at Mercedes-Benz

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Inspiration: “Optimistic chic” said program notes, and as Michael Kors explained to The Associated Press, “It’s a crazy world right now; you know, we look at the headlines, and it’s pretty tough out there. And I think that spring time ... it’s a time that people do feel more optimistic and I think that if you put something on that kind of has some charm to it, I think it changes your spirits.”

The...

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Betsey Johnson dances down the runway and onto 'DWTS'

Designer Betsey Johnson dances down the runway with

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The fashion world knows Betsey Johnson for her sexy clothes and killer cartwheels -- it’s her signature move each season when she takes her bow on the runway. But now TV audiences will get to see her fancy footwork as she competes on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars,” premiering Monday.

“It’s the most amaaaaazing, exciting time of my life -- well, next to the birth of my daughter and grandchildren,”...

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Rachel Zoe Spring 2015: Penthouse pleaser

A model at Rachel Zoe's penthouse presentation on

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Leave it to Rachel Zoe to break up the runway race with a lovely respite in the penthouse loft of the Soho Grand hotel. Here, a handful of models circulated through the room and out on the terrace modeling Zoe's particular brand of wearable glam. Fashion types pawed through rolling racks displaying the entire collection  while noshing on blini and smoked salmon and drinking champagne.  

Zoe...

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Oscar de la Renta spring 2015 collection: The designer sends flowers

The vibe of the Oscar de la Renta

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Inspiration: A lush, flower-trimmed runway opening was as fragrant as spring and it seemed clear that de la Renta went to the garden for inspiration at his spring 2015 show which was presented Tuesday in his midtown showroom.

The vibe:  As fresh as a daisy -- in fact one dress was embroidered with daisies -- but it wasn’t only about florals. Lush petal pink and Wedgewood blue oversized...

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