Talk of the Tents

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

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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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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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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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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