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September 5, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Richard Chai showed his spring 2014 men's and women's runway collections at the Lincoln Center tents Thursday, the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York. The inspiration: When recently asked by fashion-industry trade paper WWD for the season's inspiration, Chai summed it up in just two words: “Soft geometry,” a simple straightforward answer that translated into something considerably more nuanced on the catwalk. The look: There was certainly enough geometry to make Euclid himself proud - among them a silk dress in patchwork geometrics of white and red (described as “grenadine” in the show notes)
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February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Color, craftsmanship, comfort and joy were some of the words that Joseph Altuzarra used to describe the inspiration for his fall 2014 collection presented Saturday afternoon during New York Fashion Week. The look : Bold and sophisticated but relaxed. Classic sportswear in the tradition of old masters Calvin Klein and Bill Blass in neutral tones enhanced with vivid brights. Key pieces : Double face cashmere wrap coat in navy and cobalt blue; hand-woven pink tapestry-like knit dress with the craftsy look of a fiber art wall hanging; forest green belted blazer and pencil skirt with splices of magenta color; body skimming white silk crepe dress sliced and slit to reveal the body; boxy shearling jackets that brought to mind an haute Patagonia fleece; Technicolor plaid intarsia fur coat.
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February 7, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Richard Chai presented his men's and women's fall and winter 2014 runway collections here Thursday on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York at the Lincoln Center tents. The inspiration:   No specific inspiration was stated in the run-of show, but when the opening song on a runway soundtrack is “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (the Bangles version, in case you were curious) it's a safe bet someone was thinking about insulating against cooler climes. The look:   Chai continued experimenting with the geometric shapes he'd focused on  last season , rendered here in color-blocked and mixed fabrication pieces in lightweight and ruched fabrics.
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February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Buffalo checks, Cowichan sweaters and personalized embroidered bowling shirts ... you might call it blue-collar chic. There was a familiar, American ruggedness to the fall 2014 Rag and Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed Friday night at New York Fashion Week. And what coziness, from the shearling-lined mules to the sweaters made in collaboration Coogi, the colorful Australian knitwear manufacturer made famous by America's '80s-era First Dad Bill Cosby. The look: Working class heroes.
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February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Color, craftsmanship, comfort and joy were some of the words that Joseph Altuzarra used to describe the inspiration for his fall 2014 collection presented Saturday afternoon during New York Fashion Week. The look : Bold and sophisticated but relaxed. Classic sportswear in the tradition of old masters Calvin Klein and Bill Blass in neutral tones enhanced with vivid brights. Key pieces : Double face cashmere wrap coat in navy and cobalt blue; hand-woven pink tapestry-like knit dress with the craftsy look of a fiber art wall hanging; forest green belted blazer and pencil skirt with splices of magenta color; body skimming white silk crepe dress sliced and slit to reveal the body; boxy shearling jackets that brought to mind an haute Patagonia fleece; Technicolor plaid intarsia fur coat.
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February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Buffalo checks, Cowichan sweaters and personalized embroidered bowling shirts ... you might call it blue-collar chic. There was a familiar, American ruggedness to the fall 2014 Rag and Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed Friday night at New York Fashion Week. And what coziness, from the shearling-lined mules to the sweaters made in collaboration Coogi, the colorful Australian knitwear manufacturer made famous by America's '80s-era First Dad Bill Cosby. The look: Working class heroes.
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February 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK --With a blizzard raging outside, Jason Wu presented his fall-winter collection 2013 Friday during New York Fashion Week, at a venue on swanky Park Avenue. And despite the ice pellets falling outside, the fashion pack soldiered on in spindle-thin stilettos and, in one case, a red evening gown with a particularly low decolletage. A cleaning crew, gamely on its hands and knees, kept the runway slosh-free to preserve the gentile atmosphere epitomized by a giant crystal chandelier sitting in the middle of the space.
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February 7, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Todd Snyder presented his technically ambitious, ultra-luxe Mod Gents menswear collection in the Lincoln Center tents Thursday night during New York Fashion Week.  The inspiration: "I was first inspired by some old photos of Mick Jagger from I'd seen on Pinterest and I thought; 'God, he looks so ... cool at that time!' I started doing some research and that led me to [the Who's] 'Quadrophenia.' I've always liked mixing the rebellious with the 'gentsy' and this is a mid-'60s continuation of that; a little bit of Mod sensibility mixed in with the gents.
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February 7, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Richard Chai presented his men's and women's fall and winter 2014 runway collections here Thursday on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York at the Lincoln Center tents. The inspiration:   No specific inspiration was stated in the run-of show, but when the opening song on a runway soundtrack is “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (the Bangles version, in case you were curious) it's a safe bet someone was thinking about insulating against cooler climes. The look:   Chai continued experimenting with the geometric shapes he'd focused on  last season , rendered here in color-blocked and mixed fabrication pieces in lightweight and ruched fabrics.
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February 7, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Todd Snyder presented his technically ambitious, ultra-luxe Mod Gents menswear collection in the Lincoln Center tents Thursday night during New York Fashion Week.  The inspiration: "I was first inspired by some old photos of Mick Jagger from I'd seen on Pinterest and I thought; 'God, he looks so ... cool at that time!' I started doing some research and that led me to [the Who's] 'Quadrophenia.' I've always liked mixing the rebellious with the 'gentsy' and this is a mid-'60s continuation of that; a little bit of Mod sensibility mixed in with the gents.
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September 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - Adam Selman presented his debut women's collection at the Algus Greenspon Gallery here on Thursday night during New York Fashion Week. The inspiration:   In his show notes, Selman, a Pratt design alumni whose CV includes creating tour costumes for the likes of the Scissor Sisters and Rihanna (with whom he collaborated on the singer's River Island collection), said his spring and summer 2014 collection was inspired by two things: a 1981 HBO special on supermodels titled “Beautiful Baby, Beautiful” and the '70s-era Cosmopolitan magazine covers shot by Francesco Scavullo.
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February 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Richard Chai showed his fall 2013 men's and women's fall 2013 runway collections at the Lincoln Center tents on Thursday, the first day of New York Fashion Week. Inspiration: The designer seemed to be mining military motifs for many of his silhouettes, the world of men's suiting for his fabrics and raiding a jewel box of gemstones to add pops of color to a palette based in brown, navy blue and olive drab. The look:   For women, military-inspired cropped jackets, skirts and pants in muted green plaids with black contrast piping details as well as some pieces with a more feminine feel - purple floral (or perhaps cloud)
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