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Jason Wu Fall 2014--midnight in Paris

Fashion from the Jason Wu Fall 2014 collection

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The inspiration:  Jason Wu’s runway pulsed with a French passion and languid luxury that might appeal to characters in a novel by Balzac or Flaubert.  The long marbled runway traversed two rooms, punctuated by what looked like white stone archways, as if the models were walking down a long dreamy corridor.

 

The vibe:  Youthful—the slinky panne velvet slip dresses...

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Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014

Left to right: Carrie Preston, Andrea Powell and

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The inspiration: A moonlit Moorish Palace, ornate architectural details and “the mystery of romance and yesteryear.”

The vibe:  Special occasion dresses across the boards with definite red carpet flair – ladylike, feminine but not overly frothy.   A new focus on youthfulness, though there was still stuff for mothers-of-the-bride.

The lust-o-meter:  Terrific laser-cut...

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BCBGMAXAZRIA: A look back

Models walk in the finale of the Fall

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The inspiration: Celebrating 25 years, the powers took a long look back in the archives and simultaneously moved forward hoping to embody the DNA of the brand but still keep it modern.

The vibe:  Easy “affordable luxury that is timeless,” said Lubov Azria backstage.  (For the record, her dream client would be Cate Blanchett, for “ her sensibility and how she plays with fashion).  ...

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Ryan Star, Samira Rawley at New York Fashion Week

Long Island-based singer-songwriter Ryan Star hit the Nicole

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Taking it literally:  Stars from hit show, “Orange is the New Black” have been popping up at New York Fashion Week, but we haven’t seen a one of them wearing orange. Until Thursday morning when Samira Rawley (she plays “Poussey”) turned out at BCBGMAXAZRIA drenched in it.  “You could call it orange. But I would call it coral,” she said of the smart two-piece number provided by the designer....

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Fashion Week: Meltdown at the tents

Diane von Furstenberg is just one of the

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It’s a season of big, athletic events — yesterday the Super Bowl, later this week, the Olympics. Then, there’s New York Fashion Week, which runs (and we mean runs) from Feb. 6-13. This season, it too will require stamina, strength and timing. A slew of major designers have opted out of the centralized location of the Mercedes-Benz tents at Lincoln Center after complaints that the environment...

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Fashion week: Reflections from a runway virgin

Greg Emerson outside of Lincoln Center at 2014

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I think I was 8 years old when I first put together an outfit - laying out my purple lightning-bolt shirt, off-white shorts and brand new Nike Air Max sneakers on the hardwood floor of my bedroom. My mother thought it was hilarious; I didn’t think it was that unusual.

I had never been to a fashion show before 2014 New York Fashion Week, though, as someone who used to lay out his clothes in...

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Francisco Costa, a new look at the Calvin Klein New York Fashion Week

The first looks at the Calvin Klein Collection

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Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa celebrated his 10th year at the helm of the fabled house on Thursday in a vast, new space on Varick Street. And while the name of the company may be Calvin Klein, this was definitely Costa’s moment.

“After a decade with the brand, I feel I have respected the legacy of the house, while pushing it forward and I am invigorated by what lies a head,”...

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Marc Jacobs' sharknado fashion apocalypse

At his spring 2014 show at the Lexington

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The Marc Jacobs runway show -- the finale of New York Fashion Week -- was as climatic as it was climactic. Climatic, as in pouring rain outside the New York State Armory, where Jacobs holds his show, and sweltering inside. Jacobs can’t control the rain (we don’t THINK) but we weren’t sure if the heat inside was a technical fluke or part of the ambience, given that he’d transformed the space into...

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Badgley Mischka at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Mark Badgley and James Mischka before their New

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Behind the countless iconic Badgley Mischka red carpet gowns seen on celebrities for years is one powerful designing duo: Mark Badgley and James Mischka. We caught up with them before they sent their glamorous-as-ever spring 2014 collection down the runway.

What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Mischka: We kind of took it on a virtual tour of seaside resorts around the world;...

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Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Designer Rebecca Taylor smiles backstage before her New

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Rebecca Taylor sent yet another effortlessly cool collection down the runway this New York Fashion Week -- lace, leather and florals galore -- but we caught up with her moments before to get a glimpse into how she makes it all happen.

The atmosphere backstage at your show always seems surprisingly light and cheerful rather than stressful. How do you acheive that?

They say it comes from...

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