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Badgley Mischka: A mermaid’s tale at New York Fashion Week

At the Badgley Mischka show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion

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The boys at Badgley Mischka had a story to tell about a lady circa 1920-ish. She was very fashionable and took a journey on a yacht wearing tweed pieces – a fitted trumpet skirt with a flared hem and a fit-like-a-glove sheath. She'd packed a sporty short set, an ethereal white maxi dress, a polka dot bra and pant ensemble, and a cloche hat or two.

So what happens? So as not to draw it out…...

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Vera Wang scores points

At Vera Wang's spring 2014 show at Mercedes-Benz

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Vera Wang’s signature -- the way her dresses seem to defy gravity, floating down the runway -- was on full display at her spring show on Tuesday. But she’s not all lighter-than-air softness, as is clear from the sporty vibe that played a major part in this collection -- for the customer who relies less on angel wings and more on that Type-A competitive edge.

Two very different themes, held...

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Jenny Packham packs a picnic at New York Fashion Week

At the Jenny Packham fashion show during Mercedes-Benz

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Brit designer Jenny Packham envisioned the world’s fanciest picnic (maybe even a royal picnic) when it came to designing her spring 2014 collection. Packham, who famously dresses the Middleton family, Kate included, was inspired by the film “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” which is set in the Edwardian era. She took the luxe details, embellishments and materials and interpreted them in '70s style.

It...

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Narciso Rodriguez -- diagonally speaking

The seaming popped up on sleek crepe dresses,

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It’s the little things that grab your attention at a Narciso Rodriguez show. A diagonal seam. A sliver of skin. The lack of a lapel.

Each had their place in his spring collection, which he showed Tuesday night at an event space in Manhattan’s far West Side. The seaming popped up on sleek crepe dresses, where a few vertical seams were offset by one headed diagonally. Sometimes, the seam extended...

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Sophie Theallet's French peasant revolution

A peach and turquoise pleated number, and a

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French designer Sophie Theallet embraces color, prints and sensuality --  if you’ve seen her collections before, you know that going in. And this season she didn’t disappoint.

A red Henley top with red-print skirt, a peach and turquoise pleated number, and a mint green and brown print dress (hard to say what the print was exactly -- an abstract, leafy pattern, it seemed, while in motion...

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Marc by Marc Jacobs' satin dolls and current events

The Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection

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Marc Jacobs has free speech on the brain -- and in the DJ booth -- which explains his choice of music at his Marc by Marc Jacobs show on Tuesday at Pier 57, along the Hudson River. His models marched to the strains of “WWPRD,” (short for “What Would Pussy Riot Do?”), a just-released anthem from Jeffrey Lewis, who recites the lyrics, “What is this -- the Middle Ages? Let those women out of those...

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Naeem Khan: Glitter and glam and a wedding gown, too, at NYFW

A model walks the runway at the Naeem

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The opening looks at Naeem Khan’s show at Lincoln Center Tuesday afternoon were folkloric embroideries inspired by painted Mexican ceramics and tiles. There was an embroidered taffeta trapeze mini dress, a peasant blouse with a gathered skirt and of course, a graphic caftan, which is a signature in Khan’s shows.

We’ve seen beauties like this from Khan before, but not so the next grouping of...

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Backstage Beauty: Alice + Olivia models achieve natural innocence

Models pose at the Alice + Olivia Spring

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To complement designer Stacey Bendet’s elegant Spring 2014 runway designs, the Alice + Olivia models at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showed off an innocent look of easily achieved perfection.

With their hair in side-parted ballerina buns and barely-there makeup, the models showed off Bendet’s designs with a non-distracting elegance.

To achieve the models' angelic look, makeup artists used...

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J. Crew at New York Fashion Week, going coastal

Models on the runway at the J. Crew

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Tom Mora, head of women’s design at J. Crew, had parallel beaches on his mind as inspiration for the brand’s presentation, held at Lincoln Center Tuesday morning.

One was set in California, and all about “the strength of surfers and the casual lifestyle they lead wearing floral prints, modern fabrics and bold colors,” Mora said in program notes. The second focused on European beach culture...

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Tory Burch throws a garden party at New York Fashion Week

Designer Tory Burch's spring 2014 collection, shown at

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On her pool blue runway, designer Tory Burch held a garden party of sorts in the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center inspired by the French Rivera in late 1960s and Romy Schneider’s character in “La Piscine.”

Botanical and Queen Anne’s lace embroidery and prints in fresh shades of coral and apple green mixed with crisp, white lattice cutouts, some in leather.

A humble burlap linen coat...

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