Talk of the Tents

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

Donna Karan: New jersey (the fabric, not the state)

Every piece in Donna Karan's Fall 2013 collection

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Donna Karan’s models had black, smudged eyes and sleek, high, swingy ponytails wrapped tightly at the base, creating a contradictory canvas that was simultaneously primitive and sophisticated.

Her stretch jersey-centric collection sent out that very same vibe. And if you give Karan jersey to work with, well she can do practically anything.

So, this time around, Karan went savage glam...

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Carolina Herrera goes 1940s

At Carolina Herrera's Fall 2013 show at Lincoln

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss somehow managed to open Carolina Herrera’s Monday morning show after appearing at the Grammys the night before. In a blush and cream gown in a geometric pattern with a slim, black tie at the neck, Kloss was flawless, and resembled, more than a little, a 1940s beauty.

And that’s what Herrera seemed to have on her mind for Fall 2013... old-time glam. Slim, luxurious silhouettes,...

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Prabal Gurung’s third gig of the week: ICB collection

A model walks the runway at the Prabal

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Busy, busy boy that Prabal Gurung. Last Thursday, there was the huge bash for his new line at Target, then on Saturday, his downtown uber-luxe runway show was the hot ticket. On Monday, at the tents, he presented his ICB collection, a contemporarily priced line of savvy city girl clothes that really hit the mark.

So how tired was he? “It hasn’t hit me yet,” said Gurung, looking fresh as a...

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Tommy Hilfiger mixes menswear and mod

The riff on menswear? lots of glen plaid,

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Tommy Hilfiger’s show at the Park Avenue Armory on Sunday must have achieved a new record -- for longest runway. Ever. It was like an airstrip, stretching out for what seemed like miles. 

But then, Hilfiger is an old hand at injecting some theatrical flair into what is, at heart, very traditional clothing. For fall, he borrowed heavily from menswear (not so surprising) and some mod elements...

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Zac Posen -- High glamour at The Plaza

Zac Posen's Fall 2013 collection, shown at the

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For all the chatter about Zac Posen having once been the “enfant terrible” of fashion -- ohhh, his meteoric rise and, alas, mystifying fall (hey, the economy hit a lot of designers hard) -- Posen in many ways has a strong, traditionalist streak. Which may be why he’s managed to not completely go under, but eke it out season after season. Indeed, his dresses seem to be popping up on the red carpet...

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Vivienne Tam inspired by Pop Art, Chinese New Year

Vivienne Tam celebrated the Chinese New Year at

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Vivienne Tam celebrated the Chinese New Year at her Sunday night show with a Pop Art- and punk-inspired collection of graphic prints in bold colors -- black, red, white.

Take the first look, which spoke volumes of what was to come. The model wore a black jacket with leather sleeves and a “Pop Culture Obama” print -- that’s right, the president’s face multiplied many times over, as if in a...

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Diane von Furstenberg: She’s her own muse

At Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2013 presentation at

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Let’s start with the finish. After a decade of making her finale walk with a creative director by her side, Diane von Furstenberg took to the runway alone. She wasn’t a bit shy, mouthing the words; “I’m everywoman, oh, oh, oh,” to the blasting disco anthem.

It said a lot about the collection called “Glam Rock,” which more than referenced the '70s high life (and we mean high) intertwining a...

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Tracy Reese: Quirky combos and a cat on the catwalk

Lily, a 4-year-old Siamese Blue Point rescue cat,

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First off, there was a cat (yep, a real one) on the catwalk at Tracy Reese’s show. Lily, a 4-year-old Siamese Blue Point rescue cat, took to the arms of a model wearing a bright floral frock who carried the feline. Reportedly, the cat was supposed to walk down the runway on a leash, but got a little scared – yep, a scaredy cat. Cats aren’t that good on leashes, but pet food brand Purina ONE, which...

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Video: DKNY goes big

Donna Karan walks the runway at the end

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If there’s been one show, so far, that’s brought out the lust factor of the assembled fashion flock, it may well be DKNY.

With frosty temps and slushy streets, nothing seemed more appealing than the brand’s oversized bomber coat, a cushy elongated job of neoprene, that hit below the knee, and looked as warm as all get-out. Seatmates on both sides at the show whispered, “I want that.”

There’s...

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Lela Rose takes on 'Grimm's' fairy tales

Dallas designer Lela Rose drew inspiration from the darkness and playfulness of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales at her Sunday morning show. Forests were conjured by way of abstract big plaids and a fitted woodcut jacquard seamed pieces. Ginger dot geometrics seemed plucked off a gingerbread house. A slim sheath trimmed in lace mimicked raven wings — oooh, wicked good.

The designer who is known...

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