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Anne Bratskeir

Anne Bratskeir covers shopping, fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends for Newsday, and is a reality television show addict who reports on everything from Housewives to American Idol.

Calvin Klein spring 2015: Seasonless, sleek and smart

Any coat in the Spring 2015 Calvin Klein

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Inspiration:  At his downtown show on Thursday afternoon, Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa delivered a slick, seasonless collection that was both powerful and feminine which, he said in notes, was inspired by menswear.

The vibe:  Cool, composed, ladylike but confident, Costa was intent on, “Making the body a little more exposed in a way, you know, giving the woman more...

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Ralph Lauren spring 2015: A romantic safari

We predict women will go wild for any

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Inspiration: Presented downtown on Thursday morning, Ralph Lauren explained his collection as, “an exotic kind of luxury, the spirit of a romantic safari emboldened by luminous colors played against the heritage of pure khakis in sleek and modern shapes.”

The vibe: To set the scene, mosquito netting swathed the runway’s giant chandeliers and an enormous floral arrangement of exotic flowers...

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Michael Kors Spring 2015: The perennial optimist

Michael Kors' collection for Spring 2015 at Mercedes-Benz

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Inspiration: “Optimistic chic” said program notes, and as Michael Kors explained to The Associated Press, “It’s a crazy world right now; you know, we look at the headlines, and it’s pretty tough out there. And I think that spring time ... it’s a time that people do feel more optimistic and I think that if you put something on that kind of has some charm to it, I think it changes your spirits.”


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Rachel Zoe Spring 2015: Penthouse pleaser

A model at Rachel Zoe's penthouse presentation on

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Leave it to Rachel Zoe to break up the runway race with a lovely respite in the penthouse loft of the Soho Grand hotel. Here, a handful of models circulated through the room and out on the terrace modeling Zoe's particular brand of wearable glam. Fashion types pawed through rolling racks displaying the entire collection  while noshing on blini and smoked salmon and drinking champagne.  


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Oscar de la Renta spring 2015 collection: The designer sends flowers

The vibe of the Oscar de la Renta

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Inspiration: A lush, flower-trimmed runway opening was as fragrant as spring and it seemed clear that de la Renta went to the garden for inspiration at his spring 2015 show which was presented Tuesday in his midtown showroom.

The vibe:  As fresh as a daisy -- in fact one dress was embroidered with daisies -- but it wasn’t only about florals. Lush petal pink and Wedgewood blue oversized...

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Serena Williams shows collection at New York Fashion Week after winning U.S. Open

Serena Williams at her Signature by Serena Williams

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It’s been quite a week for tennis superstar Serena Williams. First a historic 18th Grand Slam win at the U.S. Open, then a glam fashion show Tuesday afternoon. Williams drew a huge crowd to a West Side studio, where she relaunched her collection for HSN. The throng included tennis-loving Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who posed between the champ and her opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, who said she came...

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Naomi Campbell celebrates with Badgley Mischka

Naomi Campbell walks the runway with James Mischka,

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Design team Mark Badgley and James Mischka marked their silver anniversary in business with a grand finale at their runway show at Lincoln Center on Tuesday with about 1,000 silver balloons that dropped from the ceiling and a runway bow with none other than Naomi Campbell, who wore their gold-and-silver strapless sequin mini dress ... and wore it well.  

Campbell came, Mischka said...

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Diane von Furstenberg goes French Riviera -- ooh la la

Kendall Jenner models Diane von Furstenberg's Spring 2015

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Inspiration: Sunshine and the blue waters of the French Riviera 1950s style (think Brigitte Bardot) inspired von Furstenberg’s collection that included bold checks, vibrant colors and graphic patterns ...sometimes all in one look. 

The vibe: Flirty, upbeat, exuberant … with Barry White crooning in the background, the celebrity-packed house was in for a delightful ride on a runway that...

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Donna Karan Spring 2015 collection: Wearable art

A model walks the runway at the Donna

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Inspiration: True that New York is always at the core of every collection Donna Karan designs, but for her Spring 2015 lineup, which was dubbed “The Art of the Street,” she traveled afar for inspiration — India, Bali, Africa and Haiti — and then returned home.

The vibe: Sexy and cool with just a dab of ’50s sweet, Karan mixed up a provocative cocktail of looks that had equally strong shots...

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It takes a thief

Model and LI-er Carol Alt was a front-row

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Model and Long Islander Carol Alt was a front-row guest at the Dennis Basso show, but she wasn’t just watching — she was shooting a movie with her crew in the photo pit. The film, called “Stealing Chanel,” is about the ex-wife of a Russian oligarch, who loves expensive clothes and gets someone to steal them for her, Alt said.As some of Basso’s most expensive clothes glided by on the runway, Alt...

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