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Ralph Lauren's showstopper hologram

Ralph Lauren presented his new Polo line for

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Ralph Lauren may not walk on water, but he came pretty close Monday night.

The designer presented his new Polo line for women in an elaborate video projected on a five-story wall of water that shot up from the Lake in Central Park.

The models in the film -- and Lauren, who takes a bow at the end -- look like holograms and appeared to walk on water.

Hundreds of Ralph fans -- including...

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Diane von Furstenberg goes French Riviera -- ooh la la

Kendall Jenner models Diane von Furstenberg's Spring 2015

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Inspiration: Sunshine and the blue waters of the French Riviera 1950s style (think Brigitte Bardot) inspired von Furstenberg’s collection that included bold checks, vibrant colors and graphic patterns ...sometimes all in one look. 

The vibe: Flirty, upbeat, exuberant … with Barry White crooning in the background, the celebrity-packed house was in for a delightful ride on a runway that...

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Jason Wu's sleek spring collection

A model walks the runway at the Jason

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The inspiration:  Charlotte Rampling—delectable and devastatingly beautiful English actress (catch her in “Georgy Girl,” Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories,” and Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict “ with Paul Newman).


The vibe:  Whispers of the 1970s, in the swoosh of a flowing midi-length silk dress, a slit-high olive suede skirt, or slouchy silk trousers.  But it’s just...

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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 down...

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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 interior...

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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...

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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 things...

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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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