The Boldest Street Style at New York Fashion Week

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"Most people trip in heels. But when I wear flat shoes I trip 20 times, as opposed to walking in a straight line with heels," said Ivanka Patel, a Boston-based fashion guru decked out in Audrey Hepburn's classic style. New York Fashion Week, showcasing the Spring 2015 collections, started on September 4 and ended on September 11. But the best style is not just on the runways. It's also on the sidewalks. We spotted some of the boldest street-style looks outside Lincoln Center, where most of the shows were held, and asked folks to explain their inspiration.

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NYFW is Over! Here are 20 Things We Actually Would Wear

Me, now that fashion week is over.


After 10 fun-filled days of New York Fashion Week chaos (it's never just a week), the fog has finally lifted, sort of. Aside from actual proof that we were there -- mounds of fashion-week swag and countless Instagram images -- it still feels as if it never happened. Like it was one big dream in which we'd leave work in the middle of the day, take the subway uptown, and enter a world of pure fantasy. But then I look, with pride, at my calloused feet, and remember, yes, it did in fact happen.

So before we truly get back to our boring lives, we'd like to snuggle with our fashion-week memories and recap the very best Spring/Summer 2015 pieces that we liked this season.

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NYFW: Justine and Jeff Koons Host Young Designer Showcase

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All images by Nikkitha Bakshani

In stark contrast to the black space inside the Fashion Week tent at Lincoln Center, Jeff and Justine Koons's White Space is a small, white loft with just one security checkpoint. Coconut water and Thai iced tea are assembled in the sink, not a refrigerator brandishing its corporate sponsorship. There are no models, so there are no hordes of photographers outside clamoring to flash their cameras at any stylish attractive person who may or may not be a socialite. Alison Brokaw, curator and organizer of The White Space, assembled a group of designers who stand by their work, enthusiastic to describe their inspirations as they think aloud, rather than in publicist-approved statements like "fin de si├Ęcle Paris."

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NYFW: Inside Karen Walker's Secret Garden

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Nikkitha Bakshani
Karen Walker
Gardens have been a popular theme this Fashion Week, but Karen Walker's models are not in the expected garden party dress code. Her models wear dungarees, pinafores and potter's jackets; gingham and pictures of burning gazebos; denim and suede. Self-described as "high casual," the brand eschews pretentiousness -- the Karen Walker girl knows how to wrestle with her plants, not just look pretty amongst them.

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NYFW: Newcomer Daniel Silverstain Channels Brazilian Futurism

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All photos by Nikkitha Bakshani
Daniel Silverstain models.
Daniel Silverstain's atelier is in a nondescript midtown building near the Fashion Institute of Technology. Disgruntled office workers waited alongside photographers, bloggers and stylists as the event staff scrolled through the guest list on their iPads. "Just let them up first," one of them told the other through gritted teeth, as more people filled the vestibule, including the designer's grandparents. This was the Israeli designer's first New York Fashion Week show.

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NYFW: Australian to Amish with Catherine Litke, Thaddeus O'Neil and Mark & Estel

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All photos by Heather Baysa
Litke models
It's that time again: when ragweed allergens and cakey runway makeup wage an unsightly war for possession of your face.

New York Fashion Week began on Wednesday and if any theme has emerged so far, it's "get out of New York."

True -- Gotham compiles every culture, and so our own can never really be defined. Maybe that's why so many designers' SS15 collections seem structured around a niche aesthetic.

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Fashion Week: Marc By Marc Jacobs Goes to the Skate Park, Anna Sui Hearts Anna May Wong

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Angela Ashman
Marc by Marc Jacobs
If you weren't up on the latest changes in the house of Marc Jacobs, you might have been wondering why two blonde women took a bow at the end of the Marc by Marc Jacobs show. Was the designer taking a sick day? No, he was clapping in the front row right next to Sofia Coppola.

Though Jacobs is still involved with the line, most of the credit this time goes to the brand's new creative director, Katie Hillier, and design director, Luella Bartley, two savvy British fashion veterans with big ideas for shaking things up London-style.

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Fashion Week: Betsey Johnson Sets the House On Fire (Not Literally, But Almost)

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Betsey Johnson on Wednesday night.
Betsey Johnson sealed her Fall/Winter 2014 show last night at Lincoln Center with blown kisses before turning her signature cartwheel and split. As spry as ever, watching the septuagenarian designer dance down the runway with her two granddaughters confirmed the show's title: Betsey's Hot.

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Fashion Week: Ruffian's Disco Queen, Cindy Sherman Inspires Timo Weiland

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Araceli Cruz
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We often wonder if Jerry Seinfeld's infamous puffy/pirate shirt could ever be a genuinely hip fashion statement. Alright, we never truly gave the silly shirt a second thought, but Ruffian's Fall/Winter 2014 collection definitely gave the elaborate white buttoned-down blouse, and the Elizabethan ruff, a disco comeback.

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Fashion Week: MESKITA Favors Neoprene, Pants Not So Much

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Alessandra Meskita, Sao Paulo native, has long been glamming-up the bathing suit with designs she began crafting at 15-years-old.

Last night, in the middle of a snowstorm that shook the tents themselves but -- never fear -- didn't manage to deplete the appearance of stilettos and waxed-down bare legs, she made her NYFW debut, presenting her namesake brand's fall/winter line.

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