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Designer Yigal Azrouel visits Hirshleifers at the Americana Manhasset

Designer Yigal Azrouel with a model, shows off

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It’s late Thursday morning on the coldest day of the year so far, and designer Yigal Azrouel, 40, blows into Hirshleifers, the uber-luxe temple of fashion at the Americana shopping center in Manhasset.

He’s not there to shop, although, he says, “They have a lot of good stuff here; maybe I will take care of some shopping later.” It’s a trunk show that has the handsome, Israeli-born designer,...

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The fashion field is Ray Navarrete’s next play

Retired Long Island Duck second baseman, Ray "Digmi"

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One door closes, another opens. The cliché works for Ray “Digmi” Navarrete, 35, who Sports Illustrated called, “the greatest Long Island Duck ever.” The second baseman, who played for eight seasons with the team and is the all-time franchise leader in games played, hits, home runs, RBIs, runs and doubles, retired this season. Next playing field?

Fashion. That’s where the “Digmi” comes...

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Topless protesters at Nina Ricci's Paris Fashion Week show grab fuming model

Topless Femen activists disrupt the Nina Ricci show

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Who says fashion models aren't tough?

Blonde beauty Hollie-May Saker, 18, didn't need much help from security guards Thursday when she was approached by feminist protesters while walking in Nina Ricci's Paris Fashion Week show.

Two topless women from Femen, a UK-based feminist group, with "fashion dictaterror" and "model don't go to brothel" written across their exposed...

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At last: A summer camp for tween and teen fashionistas

Joe Zee, a famous figure in the

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A “faaaabulous” (as we fashion types like to say) new summer camp for budding fashion designers between the ages of 10-15 will launch this August in East Hampton. And, phew, there are still a few spots left at Stitched Fashion Camp, where fashion loving boys and girls will have the opportunity to tap into their inner designer, learn a tremendous amount about the fashion world and create their own...

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Attention VIPs (only): There's a free fashion lending spot in East Hampton

VIPs can borrow designer and contemporary clothing and

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Oh the horror. You’re a Hamptons-stationed VIP, celebrity or socialite and you’ve gotten a last minute invite to a flashy party or a charity event there. You have to make a public appearance and…gasp…you haven’t a thing to wear.

That’s exactly why Carmen Adriana, 38, a veteran stylist, recently opened Fabinjection in East Hampton where notables can borrow contemporary and designer clothing...

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Report: Lawsuit filed to get Fashion Week out of Lincoln Center

Michael Kors shows his 2013 Spring collection at

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New York Fashion Week might have to bring its exclusive white tents elsewhere, as The New York Times reports a lawsuit has been filed against New York City and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Area residents and park activists are angry over the use of Damrosch Park, a 2.4 acre section of Lincoln Center where Fashion Week, The Big Apple Circus, and other events not open to the public...

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Oooooh, a fresh new private label at Ooh la la Boutiques

An airy pleated dress in brilliant colors is

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As superstorm Sandy bore down on three of her five stores, Ooh la la Boutiques owner Jenny Montiglio had a choice to make. Go forward with a private label that she had in the works, or forget about it, and take care of the issues . . . many . . . at hand.

Montiglio, 35, a Babylon resident, opted in for the private label despite significant economic strain caused by physical damage to her boutiques...

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Michelle Obama is a Vogue cover girl second time around

Michelle Obama on the April 2013 cover of

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Second term, second Vogue cover. So it goes for Michelle Obama, who looks startlingly chic on the cover of the April issue of Vogue magazine, arguably America’s fashion bible.

FLOTUS dons a structured, smart sheath designed by her most recent go-to designer, Reed Krakoff (she wore him in her second official portrait), and reportedly yanked straight from her own closet. (Ever wonder how big...

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