Talk of the Tents

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

Rachel Zoe: Hot, hot, hot

A loose and languid look is featured at

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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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I see London, I see France, I see Milly's (neon) underpants

A look from Milly by Michelle Smith's spring/summer

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Showing skin has been an overwhelming trend for spring/summer 2014 at New York Fashion Week, and why not? It's the perfect time of year to do so. (Especially if you're a thin, young model with legs for days, but we won't go there.)

Milly was no exception, as designer Michelle Smith continued to mix sportiness with femininity in that way she has such a knack for, with, yes, the crop tops and...

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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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Michael Kors gets relaxed at New York Fashion Week

A model wears a creation by designer Michael

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Seems that Michael Kors, of razor-sharp tailoring and whippet slim silhouettes, wants us to relax just a bit for Spring 2014.

At his show at Lincoln Center there was a distinctive ease. Sure there were some of those famously sharp lines – the perfect coat, the shapely blazer – but there was nary a restrictive, body-clinging pencil skirt in sight. This moment was more about fluidity and slouch...

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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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Vera Wang scores points

At Vera Wang's spring 2014 show at Mercedes-Benz

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Vera Wang’s signature -- the way her dresses seem to defy gravity, floating down the runway -- was on full display at her spring show on Tuesday. But she’s not all lighter-than-air softness, as is clear from the sporty vibe that played a major part in this collection -- for the customer who relies less on angel wings and more on that Type-A competitive edge.

Two very different themes, held...

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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.

It...

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Narciso Rodriguez -- diagonally speaking

The seaming popped up on sleek crepe dresses,

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It’s the little things that grab your attention at a Narciso Rodriguez show. A diagonal seam. A sliver of skin. The lack of a lapel.

Each had their place in his spring collection, which he showed Tuesday night at an event space in Manhattan’s far West Side. The seaming popped up on sleek crepe dresses, where a few vertical seams were offset by one headed diagonally. Sometimes, the seam extended...

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Sophie Theallet's French peasant revolution

A peach and turquoise pleated number, and a

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French designer Sophie Theallet embraces color, prints and sensuality --  if you’ve seen her collections before, you know that going in. And this season she didn’t disappoint.

A red Henley top with red-print skirt, a peach and turquoise pleated number, and a mint green and brown print dress (hard to say what the print was exactly -- an abstract, leafy pattern, it seemed, while in motion...

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Marc by Marc Jacobs' satin dolls and current events

The Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection

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Marc Jacobs has free speech on the brain -- and in the DJ booth -- which explains his choice of music at his Marc by Marc Jacobs show on Tuesday at Pier 57, along the Hudson River. His models marched to the strains of “WWPRD,” (short for “What Would Pussy Riot Do?”), a just-released anthem from Jeffrey Lewis, who recites the lyrics, “What is this -- the Middle Ages? Let those women out of those...

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