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Fashion week: Reflections from a runway virgin

Greg Emerson outside of Lincoln Center at 2014

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I think I was 8 years old when I first put together an outfit - laying out my purple lightning-bolt shirt, off-white shorts and brand new Nike Air Max sneakers on the hardwood floor of my bedroom. My mother thought it was hilarious; I didn’t think it was that unusual.

I had never been to a fashion show before 2014 New York Fashion Week, though, as someone who used to lay out his clothes in...

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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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Badgley Mischka at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Mark Badgley and James Mischka before their New

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Behind the countless iconic Badgley Mischka red carpet gowns seen on celebrities for years is one powerful designing duo: Mark Badgley and James Mischka. We caught up with them before they sent their glamorous-as-ever spring 2014 collection down the runway.

What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Mischka: We kind of took it on a virtual tour of seaside resorts around the world;...

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Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Designer Rebecca Taylor smiles backstage before her New

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Rebecca Taylor sent yet another effortlessly cool collection down the runway this New York Fashion Week -- lace, leather and florals galore -- but we caught up with her moments before to get a glimpse into how she makes it all happen.

The atmosphere backstage at your show always seems surprisingly light and cheerful rather than stressful. How do you acheive that?

They say it comes from...

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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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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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Rebecca Minkoff at New York Fashion Week: Designer Q&A

Rebecca Minkoff says this is the most exciting

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Rebecca Minkoff is the ultimate "It girl" in fashion right now, and that always shines through in her New York Fashion Week shows, from the live music (this time courtesy of Janelle Monae), to the clothes (lace-up heels and handbags to die for), to the young, hot celebrities always sitting in the front row (Kelly Osbourne, Nikki Hilton, Jamie Chung and "Girls" star Zosia...

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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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