Talk of the Tents

New York Fashion Week photos, live blogging, runway highlights and celebrities.

Prabal Gurung Fall 2014: The gong show (in a good way)

The Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 collection is modeled

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Inspiration: The kingdom of Mustang, obscure, remote, an exotic Himalayan territory that was closed to the world until 1991.


The vibe: Somber and serene, gigantic brass gongs were centered on the cement runway with models taking a loooooong walk around, demonstrating how beautifully the clothes moved.  This, compared to Gurung’s spectacle last season – cartoony, candy-colored...

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Sophie Theallet's French peasant revolution

A peach and turquoise pleated number, and a

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French designer Sophie Theallet embraces color, prints and sensuality --  if you’ve seen her collections before, you know that going in. And this season she didn’t disappoint.

A red Henley top with red-print skirt, a peach and turquoise pleated number, and a mint green and brown print dress (hard to say what the print was exactly -- an abstract, leafy pattern, it seemed, while in motion...

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Altuzarra borrows from Boro. Boro?

A model walks the runway at the Altuzarra

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Inspiration for Altuzarra’s spring collection comes from Japanese Boro gear. You know…BORO. Yeah, he explained it in his program, but we had to look it up later. Boro is a term for ragged clothes or textiles worn by farmers and fishermen, patched and stitched together to make them last longer. Real clothes, with real purpose. It’s a far cry from today’s trend-driven, disposable fashion, but that’s...

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Clover Canyon goes to Russia, with style

Called ?Winter Palace,? Clover Canyon's Fall 2013 collection

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The folks at Clover Canyon may design, cut and sew their clothes in sunny California, but the new brand has Russia on the brain for fall.

Called “Winter Palace,” the line takes inspiration from the land of Baryshnikov and Tolstoy, using prints derived from photos of everything from grand architecture to dramatic vistas, from the Siberian plains to the stage of the Ballets Russes. The ornate...

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Sophie Theallet invents a whole new dress category: the LGD

Clean lines and minimalism were the message at

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You almost feel like you should have your passport on you when you attend a Sophie Theallet runway show.  Surely there’s some sort of customs checkpoint, where cold but impeccably dressed officials should survey your papers, and a front-row seat requires a visa.  Because as soon as the lights go down, the music pumps in and the models start down the runway, well, it’s clear we’re not in...

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Sophie Theallet: Dragonfly dreams

Dragonflies flitted over long, flowing silk gowns, with

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French fashion designer Sophie Theallet has a remarkable ability to craft truly special pieces that appear both bohemian and classic in one swoop of her needle and thread. And this collection proves it. Playful, strong, diaphanous, all-out sexy — she juggles a lot of style elements and somehow comes up with a cohesive whole. (And a slew of must-have frocks for women of any age.)

She kicked...

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Reem Acra: Lots to choose

The finale dress at Reem Acra's Spring 2013

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On a runway that resembled a roadway, Reem Acra sent out a series of day and evening looks that offered up a little something for everyone. The pieces varied wildly. It is unlikely, for example, that the lady who buys the navy tailored pantsuit would be caught dead in one of Acra’s nude illusion gowns … these with completely sheer panels running down both sides, from shoulder to floor (um, that...

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Christian Siriano goes to the ballet

The finale of Christian Siriano's Spring 2013 show

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Truth told, Christian Siriano is known for over-the-top confections, but at Saturday’s afternoon show, he took a more discreet route via the ballet. Inspired by movement and particularly the “Dream Ballet,” performed by the American Ballet Theatre, the show opened with slim pale pink polka-dot cropped pantsuits — a gussied-up version of what dancers might wear hanging around. Later, that same silo...

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Zac Posen: Top models, glam frocks

Naomi Campbell, designer Zac Posen, and Coco Rocha

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The crowd was getting antsy sitting alfresco on the terrace of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center Sunday night as Zac Posen was running late, almost by 40 minutes. But then, hit the music (Etta James, singing the 1940s song “A Sunday Kind of Love”) and — BOOM — in saunters Naomi Campbell wearing a vintage-y hibiscus print silk twill and chiffon frock.

All is forgiven.

Campbell was the...

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Sirens at Peter Som

Fashion from Peter Som's Spring 2013 collection included

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Just how great do women feel in Peter Som’s quirky, luxe and extremely pretty clothes? Just ask ‘em. We did at Som’s early morning show at Made Fashion Week at the Milk Studios, where, among others, Allison Williams, star of the HBO hit series “Girls,” was turned out in a fall number that hit all the trends – oxblood, check; leather, check. “I’m a huge fan, and this is amazing,” she said of her...

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