Talk of the Tents

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

Nicole Miller's 'coup-ture'

A model walks the runway at the Nicole

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Nicole Miller is staging a style coup, of sorts, with a spring wardrobe fit for the well-dressed rebellista. “Rebels with a Cause,” she calls it — a collection that looks just as good strolling through Versailles…as storming it.

The designer, known for her cheeky prints, mentioned “the gardens of Versailles” and “storming the castle” in her program notes. This was her attempt, it seemed, to...

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Rebecca Minkoff's Mexican fiesta

A model walks the runway at the Rebecca

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Rebecca Minkoff heads south of the border for spring, and she’s taking Janelle Monáe with her—yes, the pop rocker powered through some of her hits in a live performance at Minkoff’s show, dressed in bright white (white pants and a white button-down) with skinny black suspenders (and, of course, her signature pompadour).

For Monáe fans, the fun didn’t stop there. The songstress went on to do...

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Jason Wu: Easy does it

Fashion from the Jason Wu Spring Summer 2014

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There were gigantic,  sculptural brass lamps on the runway; crazy good celebs in the house such as Maria Sharapova, Alicia Keyes, "Mad Men’s" Jessica Pare; and even big name models — Karen Elson and Karlie Kloss among them, but Jason Wu wasn’t getting whipped into a fancy frenzy — his show was all about ease and being relaxed.

Program notes called the collection “a dialogue...

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Carmen Marc Valvo: Dive right in

The Carmen Marc Valvo spring 2014 collection is

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Ready to take the dive? Carmen Marc Valvo’s scuba-inspired collection was a new twist from this seasoned hand. Models in two-tone wigs set the stage for this predominantly black and white runway that exuded a bit of aggression and lots of pow.

Sexy, body con cocktail frocks — some pairing athletic mesh and black leather — were just shy of edgy. A couple of swimsuits — one a scuba-style maillot...

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Peter Som: Surf's up

A model walks the runway at the Peter

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A graphic blue wave print set the stage, or surf, as it were, for Peter Som’s joyous, surf-inspired romp on Friday morning. Models in chic flat oxfords wore retro-style bathing suits and smart mixed-media jackets of snakeskin, raffia and neoprene.

Notable were the crop tops. Everything from a bralette (expected) to a pale-blue button-down chambray were cut to expose the midriff. (Note to self:...

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Rag & Bone offers a '90s throwback

The Rag & Bone runway at New York

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Crop tops under overalls, slip dresses with platform shoes -- Rag & Bone brought the '90s back in all the right ways for spring 2014.

The palette was hushed in blush tones, black and white, with some washed out turquoise and violet.  The styling:  minimal, made to pop with a bright orange lipstick.

For fans of the brand -- and its popular Brit design duo, David Neville...

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Kate Spade, a spring collection fit for Emma Stone

A fun Kate Spade purse at the designer's

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When life gives Kate Spade's Deborah Lloyd lemons, she makes a fresh spring collection and throws a glam garden party at New York Fashion Week.

Her fall collection had a very New York, Studio 54 vibe, but for spring Lloyd wanted to send her customers off to some of her favorite European destinations.

Among them: The gardens of Giverny, for which she created ladylike dresses in red, black...

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'Project Runway' show sees feathers, plastic, more unconventional materials

Designer Zac Posen attends the "Project Runway" fashion

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Leave it to the "Project Runway" judges to keep things interesting even in the show's 12th year, this time with a special challenge -- create one look out of an unconventional material.

Alexander Pope started the runway show at New York Fashion Week with a bang -- dresses with wings, sleeves full of feathers and the grand finale: a model covered in fabric who swiftly unwrapped herself...

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Marissa Webb's sexy schoolgirls

At the Marissa Webb spring 2014 fashion show

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Marissa Webb may have you thinking back-to-school this spring. Not exactly the right timing for back-to-school, but you might want to give your wardrobe a rethink.

There was a subtle schoolgirl vibe here reimagined for an energetic young woman with more than midterms on her mind. Think skinny ties, for instance, but layered in unexpected ways -- like the black silk blouse with skinny tie tucked...

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Desigual models boogie, wave and smooch

At the Desigual spring 2014 fashion show at

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Desigual’s debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week was a riotous jolt of color, pattern and in-your-face sass. The mass market brand is a far cry from couture, sure, but the show was a potent reminder of what fashion is ultimately about (or perhaps should be) for most shoppers -- fun.

Models boogied their way down the runway, waving and throwing smooches to the audience. And some of the models...

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