Fashion Week: Hilton Sisters and Gossip Girls Go Back to School with Alice + Olivia

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Heather Baysa
Yesterday's Alice + Olivia presentation launched the Spring 2014 line of this native New York label, replete with sophisticated, whimsy-chocked apparel.

Let's just preface this with: the clothes were magnificent. And that's less of a complement than something designer Stacey Bendet just seems to understand--magnificence is protocol, decadence is standard operating procedure. It's definitely the case in this collection that she described as "the crossroads of preppy-meets-pretty."

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Fashion Week: Kanye West Causes Frenzy at Hood by Air; Duckie Brown Reinvents the Manservant

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Araceli Cruz
Kanye knows good fashion

As much as we love floral skirts, it's the men's fashion collections that are wildly entertaining and beyond brilliant this Fashion Week.

Sunday morning, while most of New York was deep in slumber, we headed off to Milk Studios for Hood by Air, the menswear collection led by creative director Shayne Oliver, which always puts a gender spin to the line that is beloved by rappers.

One artist in the front row who induced mass hysteria in photographers and fashion spectators alike was none other than Mr. Kanye West.

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Fashion Week: Alan Cumming Gets Lei'd at Cynthia Rowley; rag & bone's Tomboy Cleans Up

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Angela Ashman
A luau at Cynthia Rowley.
Upon arriving at the Highline Hotel for Cynthia Rowley's presentation on Saturday evening, we were handed a program covered in images of her inspirations for spring. There were colorful leis, tulips, crashing waves, a dog wearing a pineapple on its head, and, the most curious of all, Luke Wilson as the washed-up tennis player Richie Tenenbaum. What it all added up to was a collection worthy of a tropical island getaway the way Rowley herself would do it.

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Fashion Week: Max Azria Still Relevant, Neat and Tidy

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Last week we learned that Tunisian designer Max Azria, who got his start in Paris at a just barely pubescent fifteen, might be losing control of his empire--which is reportedly hundreds of millions in debt. You'd never know it from this show.

BCBG Max Azria kicked off Fashion Week yesterday with a massive turnout for its 2014 Spring Collection, the Theater's mobbish security on its last precarious nerve, herding people through what can only be described as the "bum rush" for standing room. If the enthusiastic crowd--all-business type bloggers who displayed a baffling lack of interest in free stuff--didn't give it that traditional NYFW feel, then Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia in the front row did.

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Fashion Week: Paola Hernandez Heats Things Up; Candela Gets Shipwrecked

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Araceli Cruz
Can someone turn on the AC?

New York-based Mexican designer Paola Hernandez doesn't usually present her clothes in a standard runway setting, and her show on Wednesday night was no exception. Her "Singularity" Spring 2014 presentation was held at Churner and Churner, a tiny gallery in Chelsea. This was also one of the first collections in which Hernandez used bright bold colors.

We're not sure if we were sweating profusely because we're not accustomed to such remarkable use of color at a Hernandez show, or whether it was seeing all those custom-made navy blue heels with red laces. Then again, our heart palpitations could be blamed on the male models. Or, OK, the minimal air conditioning.More »

Fashion Week: The Most Fabulous Person at Erin Fetherston; Ivana Helsinki Goes Americana

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Designer Erin Fetherston & friend
New York Fashion Week officially began today, but we've been diligently covering it for the past two days. Erin Fetherston kicked things off right after Labor Day with her Spring/Summer 2014 intimate presentation in Tribeca. For about eight years, the American designer has exhibited feminine wear under her eponymous label, and this season was no different. Each lace-and-satin gown looked like icing on a (gluten-free) cupcake. They were very pretty floral dresses—if you don't mind looking like an adult going to the prom. After the bubblegum fest, we gravitated toward the open bar, naturally, where someone caught our eye.More »

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Christina Ricci and Sofia Coppola Soak Up Marc Jacobs' Rays

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Angela Ashman
Grin and bare it: Sofia Coppola and Christina Ricci at Marc Jacobs
As people filed into the Marc Jacobs show at the Lexington Avenue Armory last night, there were more than a few concerned faces and audible groans. The trouble was a fiery golden sun hanging from the ceiling, which cast an unflattering sepia tone on everyone in the room. "I forgot to wear sunblock," joked an audience member to his friend.

Getting a tan in their front-row seats were Sofia Coppola, Jessica Stam, and Christina Ricci. (Alas, poor Miley Cyrus, dressed in a midriff-baring Mickey Mouse sweater and long candy cane-striped skirt, missed some of the show because apparently no one told her that when Jacobs says eight o' clock, he actually means it.)

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NYFW: The New Furry, French Anna Sui

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As fashion week comes to a close today, we'll take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things we've seen: A leopard print, ankle length cape. Black eye makeup coordinated to match Ash Wednesday smudges. People--lots of people--turn down free beer. Some really high, like suborbital high, heels. The quietly torture-stricken wearers of said heels, all sporting the same tense facial muscles and seasick wobble that most men rarely perceive but women can spot like a blimp. Fur, in unlikely neon hues.

And this was all before the runway.

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Relaxing in Style With Steven Alan; Wes Gordon's Party-Girl Harem

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Steven Alan has always been the man to go to for an expertly made button-down (see our Best of New York issue for Best Shirts to Steal From Your Boyfriend) and an unexpected take on everyday basics. Over the last 10 years, he's launched numerous stores in the city and California and has a cult following of young fans who adore his line's perfectly imperfect rumpled look. For those who love him, his presentation at Lincoln Center did not disappoint.

Shirtdresses over pants have popped up at several shows this week. But Alan did something different with it by throwing a short leather skirt on top and letting the shirtdress hang down beneath the skirt's hemline. At first glance, you might think it's a mistake.

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NYFW: Custo Barcelona Wants You to Go Tribal This Fall (VIDEO)

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Apparently, Friday night's Snowpocalypse didn't keep the fashionistas or the queens from coming out in droves to see Spanish designer Custo Dalmau strut his signature print and graphic designs down the runway at Sunday's Custo Barcelona 2013 fall/winter collection.

Known for his flair for the dramatic, Dalmau drew from a bejeweled tribal aesthetic at his show, aptly titled "The Beauty and the Beast." Inspired by feminine and bionic concepts that brought out "The Beauty" and voluminous materials that catered to Nordic winters to unleash "The Beast," the designer impressed us with what we like to call very "Aztec chic" designs. Rawrr.

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