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Tracy Reese at New York Fashion Week: Opposites attract

Fashion from the Tracy Reese fall 2014 collection

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Inspiration: According to program notes, Tracy Reese was inspired by “juxtapositions – playing the loud and ecstatic against the pragmatic and quietly complex."  Nothing illustrated the concept more than Reese’s own outfit  – a feminine turquoise dress that bordered on frilly. With high heels it may've read a tad saccharine, but with gold metallic sneakers (yep, sneakers) it got a...

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DKNY gets real: Fall 2014

A model walks the runway for the DKNY

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Inspiration:  Well, of course DKNY is all about celebrating the city, but for Fall 2014 Donna Karan added something real into the mix, as in real people. To illustrate the diversity of the city, regular folks (though beautiful, interesting ones), walked her runway intermingled with model types. There was a tattoo artist, a musician and even a biologist who stalked the catwalk (and stalk they...

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Prabal Gurung Fall 2014: The gong show (in a good way)

The Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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Inspiration: The kingdom of Mustang, obscure, remote, an exotic Himalayan territory that was closed to the world until 1991.

 

The vibe: Somber and serene, gigantic brass gongs were centered on the cement runway with models taking a loooooong walk around, demonstrating how beautifully the clothes moved.  This, compared to Gurung’s spectacle last season – cartoony, candy-colored...

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014: A hot new fabric--literally

The Alexander Wang Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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The inspiration:  Light, heat and the transformative nature of clothing seemed on the brain. And Alexander Wang's invitation to the fashion show was our first clue.  The rectangular card was black on front, with a seat assignment printed on back…along with a message in teeny print: “Touch to reveal front.”  Press your hand down on the front of the card and writing materialized out...

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Altuzarra Fall 2014: Color & craftsmanship

The Altuzarra Fall 2014 collection is modeled during

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The inspiration:  Joseph Altuzarra wants to explore notions of luxury, craftsmanship and most notably—color.  “It is the first time that color is such a big part of the collection," wrote the designer in his program notes. “It is a lot about joy, a lot about freedom, but also about finding restraint within that freedom.”

 

The vibe:  Energetic, sexy, sensual—these...

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Rag & Bone Fall 2014: A retro fit

A model walks the runway at the Rag

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The inspiration: The working class, which David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone have riffed on before. It was never more evident than in those '50s style bowling shirts — Georgia May Jagger wore one that read "Georgia May" on the back.

The vibe: Comfortable, relaxed, unpretentious. Without sacrificing style, of course. It's easy to see how you could kick back in their zippered...

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Jason Wu Fall 2014--midnight in Paris

Fashion from the Jason Wu Fall 2014 collection

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The inspiration:  Jason Wu’s runway pulsed with a French passion and languid luxury that might appeal to characters in a novel by Balzac or Flaubert.  The long marbled runway traversed two rooms, punctuated by what looked like white stone archways, as if the models were walking down a long dreamy corridor.

 

The vibe:  Youthful—the slinky panne velvet slip dresses...

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Francisco Costa, a new look at the Calvin Klein New York Fashion Week

The first looks at the Calvin Klein Collection

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Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa celebrated his 10th year at the helm of the fabled house on Thursday in a vast, new space on Varick Street. And while the name of the company may be Calvin Klein, this was definitely Costa’s moment.

“After a decade with the brand, I feel I have respected the legacy of the house, while pushing it forward and I am invigorated by what lies a head,”...

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Marc Jacobs' sharknado fashion apocalypse

At his spring 2014 show at the Lexington

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The Marc Jacobs runway show -- the finale of New York Fashion Week -- was as climatic as it was climactic. Climatic, as in pouring rain outside the New York State Armory, where Jacobs holds his show, and sweltering inside. Jacobs can’t control the rain (we don’t THINK) but we weren’t sure if the heat inside was a technical fluke or part of the ambience, given that he’d transformed the space into...

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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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