Talk of the Tents

New York Fashion Week photos, live blogging, runway highlights and celebrities.

Ralph Lauren: An eye-popping nod to Mod

There were Mod-to-the max little neon shifts --

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“I wonder where Ralph will take us this season,” queried one fashion friend pre-Ralph Lauren show. After all, over the past few seasons Lauren has journeyed to China, Spain and Russia for inspiration. At his Thursday morning show on the last day of New York Fashion Week, Lauren took a quick hop across the pond: London, England, circa 1960 and oh what a trip.

Up first: Models in goggle sunglasses,...

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Betsey Johnson's Rx for pretty

All the models wore finger-in-the-light-socket pink party wigs

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Talk about a tough year -- make that year and a half -- for Betsey Johnson, the queen of outrageous fashion (and fashion shows): Her fashion label went bankrupt last year, but she made a comeback this year, releasing a lower-priced line of dresses and accessories. She also starred with her daughter, Lulu, in a reality show on the Style Network. Now, two days before her latest fashion show, it was...

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

Rebecca Minkoff says this is the most exciting

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Rebecca Minkoff is the ultimate "It girl" in fashion right now, and that always shines through in her New York Fashion Week shows, from the live music (this time courtesy of Janelle Monae), to the clothes (lace-up heels and handbags to die for), to the young, hot celebrities always sitting in the front row (Kelly Osbourne, Nikki Hilton, Jamie Chung and "Girls" star Zosia...

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Anna Sui romances the runway

Anna Sui's spring 2014 line seen during the

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Anna Sui’s unique brand of chock-a-block patterns and offbeat inspiration are what keep her fans happy, and they should be pretty pleased with this spring collection, which had a distinctly haute hippie vibe: crocheted caftans, fringe, floral chiffon. We later heard she had the pre-Raphaelites on the brain, romantic artists of the 19th century who loved color and detail almost as much, it would...

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J. Mendel's new look for the red carpet

J. Mendel's spring 2013 collection is full of

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It isn’t often that a major fashion label for the uber-wealthy (and really uber) attempts a major change-up -- you don’t want to throw off the Upper East Side set -- but J. Mendel designer Gilles Mendel decided to rock his fashion boat a bit. His collection is full of luxe separates: fur vests, tulle skirts, crepe tees.

No gowns. Well, OK, no need to get the defibrillator. There were a few,...

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Marchesa: Luxe at the library

At Marchesa's spring 2014 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion

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Designers have their niches. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig own theirs: luxurious, ornate gowns for princess brides and red-carpet sirens.

Their show at New York Public Library, in a space with heavy drapery, gold chairs and plush white carpet, featured 27 gowns and dresses that were a feast for the eye and the imagination.

The duo traveled to different decades to create each piece....

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Rachel Zoe: Hot, hot, hot

A loose and languid look is featured at

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You can’t blame Rachel Zoe for the fact that the air-conditioning failed in her venue at the tents at Lincoln Center on one of the hottest days of the year. It was an oven. But despite the heat, the show was sassy, smart and very cool.  We watched Zoe-obsessed gals in the audience ogling — with lust almost — the baggy ripped up denim shorts and boyfriend jeans, the adorable itsy, bitsy...

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I see London, I see France, I see Milly's (neon) underpants

A look from Milly by Michelle Smith's spring/summer

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Showing skin has been an overwhelming trend for spring/summer 2014 at New York Fashion Week, and why not? It's the perfect time of year to do so. (Especially if you're a thin, young model with legs for days, but we won't go there.)

Milly was no exception, as designer Michelle Smith continued to mix sportiness with femininity in that way she has such a knack for, with, yes, the crop tops and...

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Bibhu Mohapatra: He’s got the motion at New York Fashion Week

At the Bibhu Mohapatra spring 2014 fashion show

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It was a beautiful showing from designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who was inspired by the theories of human movement, expression and dance. The designer, who worked as an assistant to Halston and as J. Mendel’s design director for nine years, has won numerous fashion honors and awards and continues to evolve in an exciting way.

A restful palette of coral, ivory, stone, saffron, sage and blush got...

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Michael Kors gets relaxed at New York Fashion Week

A model wears a creation by designer Michael

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Seems that Michael Kors, of razor-sharp tailoring and whippet slim silhouettes, wants us to relax just a bit for Spring 2014.

At his show at Lincoln Center there was a distinctive ease. Sure there were some of those famously sharp lines – the perfect coat, the shapely blazer – but there was nary a restrictive, body-clinging pencil skirt in sight. This moment was more about fluidity and slouch...

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