DKNY -

NEW YORK + PARIS New York: Without abandoning the distinctly New York aesthetic that defines her labels, Donna Karan took a cue from the Parisians for her S/S 11 DKNY collection. Likely inspired by the many ways in which French women style their scarves, Karan designed her own "heritage scarf," from which she constructed draped silk tops and a chic ...
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Alexandre Herchcovitch -

ART CLASS HERO New York: Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch presents his collection in both Sao Paulo and New York, enjoying a solid fan base in both cities each season. After eschewing color and focusing on embellishment for the past few collections, Herchcovitch switched gears by playing with his palette for S/S 11, inspired by unique juxtapositions of brights as well as ...
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Rebecca Taylor -

THAT 70s SHOW New York: Rebecca Taylor took a nostalgic trip back to the 1970s this spring and the result was a chic exploration of long and languid silhouettes. Inspired by “the effortless combination of mood and colors in Elizabeth Peyton’s portraits,” the clothes echoed this easy, yet bold sentiment. While the opening look, an all-over floral printed jumpsuit set a ...
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Donna Karan -

TEXTURAL ROMANCE New York: Donna Karan dubbed this season's collection "Raw Romance," and the organic shapes and frayed edges made for one of her most sensual shows yet. Leaving aside the blacks and cool neutrals of which she is so fond, Karan instead chose a warm palette of creamy tans and burnished gold tones. The sand-covered runway and the textural crinkling ...
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N.Hoolywood -

FASHION LINEUP New York:  Convicts' mug-shots from the 1920s and 30s inspired this season's N.Hoolywood collection by Japanese designer Daisuke Obana. His first showing in New York featured lineups of models straight from the street behind viewing windows. Some looks, like a striped cardigan over a matching T-shirt, were true to jailbird garb, whereas other items, like high-waisted pants and boxy ...
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Y-3 -

SMELLS LIKE YOHJI SPIRIT New York:  With its striking special effects and set, and a multitude of models, Yohji Yamamoto's collection for Adidas remains one of the most dramatic shows of New York Fashion Week. For S/S 11, the Park Avenue Armory transformed to a dimly-lit, mirrored dance hall with The Duke Spirit performing live. Known for edgy and unapologetic mash-ups ...
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Antonio Azzuolo -

THE SON OF MAN New York: Before launching his namesake collection, Antonio Azzuolo was the design director behind Ralph Lauren's Purple and Black Labels. His penchant for colorful twists on classics is evident for S/S 11 with playful layers of kelly green shorts, navy blazers, spectator shoes and letterman jackets. Bowler hats and suspenders hinted at the paintings of René Magritte, but ...
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Tommy Hilfiger -

TWISTED PREP New York:  Celebrating his 25th anniversary with a ten pound book and star-studded runway show, Tommy Hilfiger did what he does best — slightly irreverent takes on the classic prep. With a stone catwalk flanked by strips of faux grass, the "twisted country club" theme featured colorful socks, vibrant loafers, pastel pants and more plaid than Scotland. Key items ...
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Simon Spurr -

PLAYBOY BANKER New York:  British-born Simon Spurr caters to the contemporary dandy — banker by day, playboy by night. His sartorial roots are evident in exquisite three-piece suits, allover checks and exaggerated plaids. With a nod to his daring customers, upbeat pops of pink and cherry standout on laundered leather jackets, tissue-weight T-shirts and chinos. A cropped denim pea coat pairs ...
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Suno -

GLOBAL AGENDA New York: Designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty have been building quite some buzz over the last few seasons, and for spring they kept the momentum going. The presentation at Milk Studios was abuzz with editors and buyers, who voraciously twitpic-ed and snapped away at the row of girls in the brand’s signature globally sourced prints. The silhouettes ranged ...
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Derek Lam -

SEVENTIES REVISITED New York: This season, Derek Lam carried forward the 1970s silhouettes that he introduced for fall. The flared pants reappeared, this time made from an indigo linen twill that mimicked denim. The fabric was also used for the opening look, a sophisticated trench with a matching short dress, touching on the proportion Jane Fonda flaunted in the 1971 film ...
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Jill Stuart -

ELEGANT AFFAIR New York: Simple, feminine and wearable, Jill Stuart's designs need no runway-to-retail translations. And with a celebrity following that packs the likes of Jessica Szohr, Kristen Cavallari and the Kardashians into the front row, one can be sure this collection will deliver quite a punch with the Junior set. For S/S 11, however, Stuart's refined neutral palette and sweetly ...
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Y-3 -

MUSICAL IMMERSION New York: Each season the Y-3 show is one of the largest productions of the week, staged in a large space with numerous attendees and fanfare. For S/S 11, Yohji Yamamoto upped his game by hosting a live performance from The Duke Spirit on an elevated, mirrored platform above the runway, their energetic songs a perfect soundtrack for the ...
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Cynthia Steffe -

JET SET GLAMOUR New York: The Cynthia Steffe show seemed to effortlessly hit all of the right marks, incorporating many big trends of the moment. A theme of retro jet set glamour recalled fashions of the late 60s and early 70s. Mod color blocking complemented boxy active-inspired designs, and menswear looks conjured the androgynous style of Lauren Hutton in her heyday. ...
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VPL by Victoria Bartlett -

SUSPENDED REALITY New York: Although the collection has been around for several years, VPL by Victoria Bartlett has remained somewhat of an underground favorite among the fashion-savvy downtown set. It is Victoria's secret no more, however – the brand's stature has grown exponentially in recent seasons, with its influence showing up in ready-to-wear, intimate apparel and activewear. This season, Bartlett explored ...
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