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Kenneth Cole Fall 2014: Tough urban gypsies

A model walks the runway at the Kenneth

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The inspiration:  First, there’s Kenneth Cole’s fascination with social media, as he proved with an opening video starring Alan Cumming (of “Cabaret” and “Good Wife” fame) and (“SNL’” alum) Rachel Dratch. In a word—hilarious—but more on that in a second. Cole is also interested in “global travel,” and the feeling of liberation one gets from it.  So he observed in his program notes, and...

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Vivienne Tam Fall 2014: Cave craving

At the Vivienne Tam fashion show during Mercedes-Benz

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The inspiration: A place called Dunhuang, a revered cultural heritage site in Vivienne Tam’s native China. The place is famed for its ancient cave murals, which she’s reproduced in dresses in the form of digital prints.

The vibe: Very ‘70s, with culottes, elegant brocades and a series of maxi dresses, A-line skirts, eyelet midis. If anyone had suddenly started singing something from Carole...

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Diane von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years of her iconic wrap dress

A model walks the runway in the Diane

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Inspiration: “A glamorous vagabond … she’s on the run with her dreams and colors,” says Diane von Furstenberg in program notes. She went on to explain that this woman – “a painter, a poet, a dancer, a free spirit” – is the muse for her  which her famous wrap dress. And on Sunday night, she celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic dress, with a fashion show aptly called “Bohemian Wrapsody.”


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Tracy Reese at New York Fashion Week: Opposites attract

Fashion from the Tracy Reese fall 2014 collection

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Inspiration: According to program notes, Tracy Reese was inspired by “juxtapositions – playing the loud and ecstatic against the pragmatic and quietly complex."  Nothing illustrated the concept more than Reese’s own outfit  – a feminine turquoise dress that bordered on frilly. With high heels it may've read a tad saccharine, but with gold metallic sneakers (yep, sneakers) it got a...

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DKNY gets real: Fall 2014

A model walks the runway for the DKNY

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Inspiration:  Well, of course DKNY is all about celebrating the city, but for Fall 2014 Donna Karan added something real into the mix, as in real people. To illustrate the diversity of the city, regular folks (though beautiful, interesting ones), walked her runway intermingled with model types. There was a tattoo artist, a musician and even a biologist who stalked the catwalk (and stalk they...

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Prabal Gurung Fall 2014: The gong show (in a good way)

The Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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Inspiration: The kingdom of Mustang, obscure, remote, an exotic Himalayan territory that was closed to the world until 1991.


The vibe: Somber and serene, gigantic brass gongs were centered on the cement runway with models taking a loooooong walk around, demonstrating how beautifully the clothes moved.  This, compared to Gurung’s spectacle last season – cartoony, candy-colored...

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014: A hot new fabric--literally

The Alexander Wang Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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The inspiration:  Light, heat and the transformative nature of clothing seemed on the brain. And Alexander Wang's invitation to the fashion show was our first clue.  The rectangular card was black on front, with a seat assignment printed on back…along with a message in teeny print: “Touch to reveal front.”  Press your hand down on the front of the card and writing materialized out...

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Altuzarra Fall 2014: Color & craftsmanship

The Altuzarra Fall 2014 collection is modeled during

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The inspiration:  Joseph Altuzarra wants to explore notions of luxury, craftsmanship and most notably—color.  “It is the first time that color is such a big part of the collection," wrote the designer in his program notes. “It is a lot about joy, a lot about freedom, but also about finding restraint within that freedom.”


The vibe:  Energetic, sexy, sensual—these...

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Monique Lhuillier at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Monique Lhuillier backstage at New York Fashion Week

Before her Fall 2014 runway show, we caught up with designer Monique Lhuillier. She dished on the new collection, fashion week nerves and her number one style tip.

What is your favorite part of fashion week?

My favorite part is here, backstage getting ready for the show to start.

Do you still get stressed out?

I do. I actually had to get on the treadmill this morning and...

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Rag & Bone Fall 2014: A retro fit

A model walks the runway at the Rag

(Credit: Getty Images / Arun Nevader)

The inspiration: The working class, which David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone have riffed on before. It was never more evident than in those '50s style bowling shirts — Georgia May Jagger wore one that read "Georgia May" on the back.

The vibe: Comfortable, relaxed, unpretentious. Without sacrificing style, of course. It's easy to see how you could kick back in their zippered...

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