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Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2014: Loose and laid back

A model walks the runway at the Narciso

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The inspiration: Narciso Rodriguez seems interested in volume this season — but not huge, bulbous amounts of it, the likes of which we saw a few seasons back from other designers and which had regular shoppers scratching their heads. (How are those of us weighing in at, um, more than 100 pounds actually supposed to wear that?) This volume is different — it’s just the slightest amount of fullness,...

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2014: BMX chicks & sexy ninjas

A model walks the runway at the Marc

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The inspiration: New co-designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier -- who are the first NOT-Marc-himself creatives to helm the brand (he still oversees, but handed them the reins last year) -- clearly had moto-cross, BMX racing and X Games glory on the brain.

The vibe: Tough. Gutsy. Playful. Energetic. The line is supercharged with color, sporty separates and we-mean-business chunky footwear...

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Donna Karan: An emotional 30th anniversary / Fall 2014

A model walks the runway at the Donna

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Inspiration: A mesmerizing film by Steven Sebring played on a giant screen backing Donna Karan’s runway on Wall Street depicting abstract dancerly bodies. In her notes, Karan said, “I needed to express a woman’s soul and spirit from the inside out.” But, it’s fair to say that Karan used her own iconic pieces as inspiration – these celebrated and updated – all beginning with the bodysuit.

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Reem Acra Fall 2014: The power of pretty

A model walks the runway at the Reem

(Credit: Getty Images / Albert Urso)

The inspiration: Girlie girls, and the charity luncheons or red carpet events to which they get invited.

The vibe: Serene glamour, whether you’re drawn to the iridescent feathered tops, or the trophy-like gold beaded column dresses.

The lust-o-meter: High for the “frosty pink” wool coat with brown leather belt that resembles a split-rail fence. Higher for a cardigan embroidered over...

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Kenneth Cole Fall 2014: Tough urban gypsies

A model walks the runway at the Kenneth

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The inspiration:  First, there’s Kenneth Cole’s fascination with social media, as he proved with an opening video starring Alan Cumming (of “Cabaret” and “Good Wife” fame) and (“SNL’” alum) Rachel Dratch. In a word—hilarious—but more on that in a second. Cole is also interested in “global travel,” and the feeling of liberation one gets from it.  So he observed in his program notes, and...

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Vivienne Tam Fall 2014: Cave craving

At the Vivienne Tam fashion show during Mercedes-Benz

(Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison)

The inspiration: A place called Dunhuang, a revered cultural heritage site in Vivienne Tam’s native China. The place is famed for its ancient cave murals, which she’s reproduced in dresses in the form of digital prints.

The vibe: Very ‘70s, with culottes, elegant brocades and a series of maxi dresses, A-line skirts, eyelet midis. If anyone had suddenly started singing something from Carole...

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Diane von Furstenberg celebrates 40 years of her iconic wrap dress

A model walks the runway in the Diane

(Credit: AP / Seth Wenig)

Inspiration: “A glamorous vagabond … she’s on the run with her dreams and colors,” says Diane von Furstenberg in program notes. She went on to explain that this woman – “a painter, a poet, a dancer, a free spirit” – is the muse for her  which her famous wrap dress. And on Sunday night, she celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic dress, with a fashion show aptly called “Bohemian Wrapsody.”

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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

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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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