Talk of the Tents

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

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

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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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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.


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

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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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J. Crew at New York Fashion Week, going coastal

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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

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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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Donna Karan at New York Fashion Week is inspired by scarves

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On a trip to India, Donna Karan found a scarf that inspired her spring 2014 collection.  WHile the lineup boasted Karan's signature urban flair there was more than a  touch of the exotic.

Karan’s earthy angels donned sometimes-translucent day-to-night stretch dresses, some with graphic hand blocking that skimmed bodies like halos, but simmered with sensuality.

For Karan, who...

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Tommy Hilfiger brings the boardwalk to New York Fashion Week

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Tommy Hilfiger went “Westcoasting” at Pier 94 on the Westside Highway on Monday afternoon. And some fashion-types (we’re talking to you, impossibly high stiletto wearers) had a tough time navigating his show. Hilfiger’s runway was a slatted boardwalk topping what must have been a ton of sand including actual dunes with sea grass sprouting out of them.

If you didn’t get the gist of the show...

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