Fashion Week: A Charmed Collection From Erin Fetherston Reminds Us of Mad Men

Heather Baysa
A small shuffle from neon hues to vibrant jewel tones and a break-up with fuschia were the only indications that Erin Fetherston's new 2014 collection -- revealed last night at the Union Square W -- is an Autumn/Winter collection. But that's as somber as Fetherston gets.

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Is Urban Outfitters Stealing Work From Independent Designers AGAIN?

Oh, hi! Welcome to Urban Outfitters! We sell clothes made by people with twice our talent at four times the price!

Yet another independent designer is claiming Urban Outfitters has ripped off her work. A Tumblr user with the handle Glam-Trash posted screencaps of an Urban Outfitters shirt and a T-shirt design posted to Fresh Tops carrying a design she claims lifted from a book cover she created. (We are working on finding the original cover.) Urban Outfitters should know better than to rip off people with social media presences: The post has been reblogged nearly 50,000 times.

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8 Reasons Why Fashion Week Didn't Suck

Angela Ashman
We miss these dudes already
Another Fashion Week has come and gone. Naturally, we used all of Sunday to nap and recover from 12 hectic days of runway shows, celebrity sightings, and chain-smoking free e-cigarettes. While in deep coma, we drifted back to all of the thrilling, weird moments that Fashion Week coughed up, without which the entire event would simply be a train of super-thin models wearing overpriced clothes.More »

Fashion Week: A Glittery Hurricane at Marc Jacobs

Angela Ashman
Marc Jacobs
Attendees at this season's Marc Jacobs show couldn't get a break: Outside the armory on Lexington Avenue it was pouring rain, inside it felt like it was a hundred degrees. In lieu of air conditioning, pitifully ineffective paper fans were handed out. Of course, given that this was Jacobs' spring collection, the heat would seem to be a natural fit for all the light, breezy clothes that would surely come down the runway. Right? No.

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Fashion Week: JOIE Travels the Italian Coast, Anya Caliendo Brings the Crazy

Heather Baysa
As NYFW hedged off its last full day, only the discreetly buffed security and a few visibly twitchy out-of-towners suggested that it was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Yes, as if to issue forth a collective "suck it, terrorists," the tents were more energetic than we've seen them all week, with big names like Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, and Anna Sui drawing crowds.

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

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

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

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

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

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 »