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Designers play time travel at New York Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Everything old is new again, right? That might as well be the motto for fashion come fall.

At New York Fashion Week, underway through Thursday, plenty of designers are pulling inspiration from past decades for their upcoming collections.

Hot on the heels of a '70s style resurgence for fall 2015, some designers once again are channeling the groovy era. At the Alice + Olivia presentation, sets resembling New York City's downtown arts scene during that decade filled a large gallery space, complete with vintage LIFE magazines and newspapers, disco balls, oriental rugs and records. As for the fashions, there were fresh twists on patchwork dresses, high-waist flare pants, wide-brim hats and printed vests, maxi coats and pantsuits galore. Likewise, Diane von Furstenberg's fall collection was an homage to the time, with sexy slips, vivid prints and glitzy gowns worthy of the disco.

At Jeremy Scott, there were some nods to the '90s. In keeping with his signature playful style, pieces were wallpapered with popular cartoon characters from the decade, like Nickelodeon's Ren and Stimpy. Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger delivered nautical staples (peacoats, sailor pants, etc.) through a 1940s filter.

Photos: Alice + Olivia's '70s-inspired fall 2016 collection, presented Wednesday at New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq., SoHo. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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