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Tocca takes a tip from dancers

At the Tocca spring 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz

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Degas knew a thing or two about dancers -- the long lines, the effortless grace -- and Tocca taps into that same muse for spring. Creative director Emma Fletcher dreamed up a wardrobe fit for a ballerina

In the mix: easy, featherweight pleated dresses (floaty and graceful), breezy jackets (pleats under the arm add to the flow) and sparkly leotards (for a little flash under sheer gathered gowns).

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Tadashi Shoji: Sugar High

Tadashi Shoji's spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz

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Backstage at Tadashi Shoji, the designer held court preshow dressed in a kooky mix of colors: a periwinkle blue cardigan, a green and white striped button down shirt and …. pale pink pants. It was a visual statement. Which is exactly what Shoji said he was trying to make with his frothy collection of evening looks.

“It’s about sweet liberation,” he said. “Not women’s liberation. Women are...

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Richard Chai Love: The new math

Specialty item at the Richard Chai spring 2014

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Math can be hard, but Richard Chai aced it with his savvy sense of geometry. Here shapes and prints read soft and fluid and wholly hip.

There were shadow stripes, floral and plaid combos and a swervy geo print that encased the form but did not overwhelm. Chai wasn’t shy in the color department either – saturated shades of poppy, grenadine, cobalt and aqua amped up navy, black and white.

Sometimes...

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BCBG Max Azria gets plain and fancy at New York Fashion Week

A model walks the BCBG Max Azria Spring

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Max Azria’s clever collection took divergent paths. Go one-way and you get crisp, chic and yes, a touch practical -- hail to that khaki cotton sleeveless trench, a guaranteed go-to next season. Then, for a little romance, there were the fanciful frocks emblazoned with vivid flowers … blooming beautiful.

An off-white snake embossed leather jacket was equal parts power and pretty, blush colored...

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Nicholas K offers a pow and a wow on the runway

A model walks the runway at the Nicholas

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We expect an urban “Apocalypse Now” moment from Nicholas K, but this season the design duo -- Nicholas and Christopher Kunz -- went the other way with an easier, less aggressive Apache-inspired sportswear collection. Feathers in the models’ messily braided hair, along with moccasin booties, underscored this.

The vibe overall was organic and easy -- drapey ensembles in black, white and earth...

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Elie Tahari Day is Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg proclaims

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013,

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week starts Thursday, but leave it to Elie Tahari to sneak in under the wire with a Fashion Week holiday all his own -- that’s right, Wednesday, Sept. 4, was Elie Tahari Day, proclaimed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honor of the designer’s four decades in the fashion industry.

Joan Rivers took time off from her E! “Fashion Police” gig Wednesday to stop by Elie Tahari’s...

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Kate Upton, Rachel Zoe kick off New York Fashion Week with wins at Style Awards

Instead of resting their feet, maybe taking a bubble bath or stocking up on power foods the night before New York Fashion Week's official start, designers, models and editors gathered at Lincoln Center to kick things off with the 2013 Style Awards.

Among the highlights were Rachel Zoe stepping out for the first time since she announced her pregnancy to accept the stylist of the year award,...

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2014: What to expect

A model walks the runway at the Proenza

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Just as you're trotting out your fall wardrobe, Fashion Week hits NYC with hundreds of designers putting out their visions for -- yes -- Spring 2014.

The shows start Thursday and run through Sept. 12, with the major fashion hub at Lincoln Center, where some 75 designers will strut their stuff in the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. But many others are heading downtown, with Jason Wu abandoning...

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Marc Jacobs goes sunbathing

Models at Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 show at

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Half the fun of attending a Marc Jacobs fashion show is deciphering what it all means. It’s never easy.

Just walking into his Fall 2013 show at the Lexington Avenue Armory Thursday night — the final show of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — begged the question: Why is that giant, blinding circle of light hanging in the middle of the armory, and making everyone look jaundiced? A “Land of the Midnight...

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A military moment at Calvin Klein

Models show off designs by Calvin Klein during

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Statement coats with strong defined cuts and big, solid gold buckles gave more than a hint about what Francisco Costa was thinking for fall 2013: Military.

After his show on Thursday afternoon, Costa said he was inspired by the Andrei Tarkovsky 1962 Russian movie, “Ivan’s Childhood,” about one boy’s traumatic journey through World War II. Of the collection he said, “It’s male-female and very...

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