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Party like a rock star with Tommy Hilfiger

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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NEW YORK -- Some designers know how to turn every detail of their runway show into an eye-catching production.

Tommy Hilfiger is one of them, and his elaborate sets, clever invitations and, of course, all-American fashions never disappoint. But this season he raised the bar yet again with a fashion show-meets-rock-concert event at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The musical references started with the invitations, which were plastic record albums that when slipped out of their protective paper sleeve revealed the guest's seating assignment. At the venue, guests were given "All Assets" passes (a fun riff on backstage pass wristbands) to slip on their wrists with the designer's social media info on them. A stage was built at the start of the runway where Tara Ferry, son of singer/songwriter Brian Ferry, played the drums alongside musician Steve Hash.

Multi-colored flowers were strategically placed to form a path where the models walked. Flowers also were arranged to shape a giant rainbow star and the designer's name and initials. The sights even continued on the ceiling, where strings of lights and banners were hanged.

Booming rock music kicked off the "Music Festival Muse"-themed runway show. Some of the models and audience members were picked to be there because of their ties to famous musicians, including Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Mick Jagger), Ella and Alexandra Richards (granddaughter and daughter of Keith Richards, respectively), Amber Le Bon (daughter of Simon Le Bon), Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox) and Tennessee Williams (daughter of Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas).

Photos courtesy of the designer

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J.Crew keeps things casual for spring 2015

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- J.Crew's usually preppy personality channeled a laid-back vibe at its presentation Tuesday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, perfect for a spring state of mind.

Women's pieces pulled from muted hues such as moss, khaki and denim with occasional pops of shimmering yellow and tangerine. Nautical details were noticeable, including a rope necklace and belt and netted separates, and layering was key to pulling it all together. Fits were relaxed, even boyish at times, flavoring the fashions with a hint of androgyny. As usual for J.Crew, printed pumps and strappy stilettos were aplenty, with a couple eye-catching iridescent handbags here and there.

Earthy colors and layering lingered in the men's collection, too, with some Mediterranean references mixed in (bandannas knotted around the neck, a poncho and brimmed sailing hats, for instance). Even more polished pieces like a slim suit stayed casual thanks to sneakers, a trend that's been spotted all week on the runway.

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Conga line on the catwalk at Youngstown native Nanette Lepore runway show

Written by Mary Hornak on .

 

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NEW YORK — As the lights lowered in the Salon at Lincoln Center — the main hub for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week — the voices of fashion insiders momentarily hushed to a soft hum. A bright burst of light extended down the runway and booming pop tunes broke the silence, cuing the start of Nanette Lepore’s spring 2015 show on Sunday evening.

Ms. Lepore (pictured above with her daughter, Violet), a native of Youngstown, Oh., presented a 27-look collection that was highly representative of her multifaceted namesake brand.

Donning wispy topknots and bright white eyeliner, models outfitted in carefree looks fit for a short spring sojourn playfully stomped down the runway.

Ensembles crafted from a mix of pastel paisley prints and thin nautical stripes set the tone for the show, while flexible fabrics transformed the seemingly structured silhouettes of the bright looks that followed. A blush sleeveless trench styled over a multi-layered slip dress stood out as a relaxed yet refined ensemble.

Off-the-shoulder looks and a smart silk jacket rounded out the first half of the show, while white dresses with cutout details served as a simple segue into the timeless black and white palette that dominated the final pieces of the collection. Embroidered caftans, printed pants and textured platform sandals in classic colors added to the show’s “getaway” feel and exemplified the collection's overall wearability.

As a remixed version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” played, Ms. Lepore joined the models in a conga line dance party on the catwalk that punctuated the final walk.

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Ralph Lauren makes models 'walk on water' at Polo preview

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NEW YORK -- Models sashaying down the catwalk sporting pieces from a designer’s latest collection -- that’s so cliche.

This season at New York Fashion Week designers are getting creative with fresh ways to show off their latest fashions. On Monday, designer Ralph Lauren attracted a mix of celebrities and fashion elite (Vogue editor Anna Wintour, supermodel Karlie Kloss, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, blogger Bryanboy and singer Ciara, to name a few) to the 72nd Street and Central Park West entrance to the park. Golf carts ushered guests to the park’s Cherry Hill lawn a few minutes away, where champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a string quartet greeted them.

Then: showtime! A fountain erupted in the lake, and the steady spray of water served as the screen upon which footage of models wearing the new Polo collection was projected. The “4D” effect, as the designer dubbed it, made them look like they were walking on water. Projections incorporated street scenes from across New York City as backdrops that kept the footage engaging and dynamic. When it all was done, a larger-than-life holograph of Ralph Lauren waved to the crowd, and guests were sent on their way with parting gifts of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.

The event also was a celebration of the grand opening of the first Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Photos: Holographs of models and designer Ralph Lauren (above) are projected onto a lake in Central Park. Courtesy of BFAnyc.com.

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Pittsburgh at New York Fashion Week: Emy Mack Shoes strut down the runway

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NEW YORK -- It's been a good year so far for Emy Mack Shoes, the made-in-Italy brand with Pittsburgh ties by Emily Mack Jamison (pictured above).

The chic shoes made their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week debut in February, followed by an appearance on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami (more commonly known as Swim Week). Emy Mack Shoes also soaked up some sun this summer in the Hamptons, where they were featured in a pop-up shop and is steadily attracting a clientele of celebrities and everyday women alike.

For the third time this year, Emy Mack was back on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway, this time at Lincoln Center in the David Tlale spring/summer show. Sleek styles of heels (some with a spritz of sparkle or an iridescent sheen) complemented the designer's sophisticated, feminine fashions. The show even included an extra touch of star power with a special appearance on the catwalk from male supermodel Tyson Beckford (pictured in the second photo below).

Check out some of the Emy Mack Shoes from the show in the photos. Like what you see? You can shop the collection at emymack.com and at its showroom on Walnut Street in Shadyside. (A full list of Emy Mack retailers is on the brand's website.)

Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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