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  • Serena conquers fashion week after US Open win

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was in the middle of settling down for an interview when she was interrupted by a message: "Anna is here." That would be the Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor who every designer wants front and center at their fashion shows. The fact that Wintour chose to attend the New York Fashion Week runway debut of Williams, who just won the U.S. Open for the third time, was a sign that Williams, who has made fashion her side gig for a number of years, had most definitely arrived. "It means a lot ... I mean, she's Anna Wintour at the end of the day, fashion's queen," said a beaming Williams. "I hope she enjoys it." Williams was certainly enjoying the moment. Fresh off her U.S.

  • Kors goes for the retro look at fashion week

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — With embroidered flowers, retro plaids and classic A-line dresses, Michael Kors went back decades for a dreamy collection that could have been classified as "I Love Lucy" chic. Actually, Kors himself called it "optimistic chic" — clothes that inspire cheer in a dour world. "It's a crazy world right now; you know, we look at the headlines, and it's pretty tough out there. And I think that spring time ... it's a time that people do feel more optimistic and I think that if you put something on that kind of have some charm to it I think it changes your spirits," he said Wednesday an interview before his collection debuted.

  • Family man David Beckham dabbles in fashion

    Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Getting a family of six out the door on time can be quite a challenge — even when you're a Beckham. "With me and the boys, five minutes. With Harper it's a lot more of a process and obviously with Victoria," said the former soccer star Tuesday at an event for his fashion collaboration with British brand Belstaff. "You see her (Harper) every morning getting her clothes out for school or you know changing her mind like 20 times." The famous family has made a name in fashion with Victoria Beckham's high-end collection, which showed Sunday at New York Fashion Week, and sons Romeo, 12, and Brooklyn, 15, gracing magazine covers and Burberry ads. (The couple also have a 9-year-old son, Cruz.

  • Rodriguez gets his inspiration from his craft

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Narciso Rodriguez doesn't need one of those crazy designer themes — like a type of animal, or an obscure artwork, or a long-ago historical event — to inspire his fashion collections. He simply wants to make nice clothes. "I just want to make very covetable, beautiful things," he said backstage after presenting his spring 2015 collection Tuesday night. His specialty is beautifully cut, sleek, handsome, minimally embellished garments, and his collection didn't disappoint. It began with black and white: a crepe dress with black tank top and white skirt; a black trouser with a black and white "scuba harness" back; a long black and white jacket covering black kimono silk slip dress.

  • 13-year-old designer puts on NY Fashion Week show

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Waving to her guests like a pro after her runway show Tuesday, Isabella Rose Taylor at age 13 achieved something most designers never will: She made it to New York Fashion Week. Oh, and there also was her launch last month of the Isabella Rose Taylor line for juniors exclusively at Nordstrom.com. The Austin, Texas, girl in bright red hightops has soaked in fashion since she was 8, got serious about it at 9 after taking a sewing class and uses her own paintings as inspiration for some of her prints and designs. "I'm so excited. The adrenaline is pumping," she said backstage after the show, becoming one of the youngest to ever present. "It was so amazing.

  • Sheer luxury in every way at Oscar de la Renta

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — There was lots to see on the runway at Oscar de la Renta's Fashion Week show on Tuesday evening. But you were even luckier if you could see into the wings. There, the 82-year-old master designer sat on a chair and looked intently at a monitor as he supervised the movements of each model traveling down the runway. At the end, he emerged smiling — with supermodel Karlie Kloss on one arm — to take a bow. He kissed Kloss on the cheek, then another model. He went back into the wings, and the models stood and cheered him loudly. As for his spring 2015 collection, it had all the sumptuous, rich detail that de la Renta delivers every time.

  • Jenny Packham serves up Marilyn Monroe in sparkles

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jenny Packham served up Marilyn Monroe on a celebratory platter Tuesday in sparkling showstoppers of blue, silver and red. The British powerhouse designer is known for dressing the Duchess of Cambridge, Nicole Richie and most recently Anna Gunn for the Emmys. For red carpet, she was true to her signature shimmer in silhouettes Marilyn would have appreciated. Packham even wrote a "Dear Marilyn" letter she included in her show notes: "I've read the book and listened to the recordings, visited your bungalow at the Beverly Hills and sat in your chair at the Max Factor building where you became a blonde, all the while challenging why you are still so relevant in this brave new world," it read in part.

  • Naomi Campbell helps Badgley Mischka celebrate

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Badgley Mischka celebrated its 25th year with a New York Fashion Week show that featured their signature sumptuous gowns and a queen of glamour — Naomi Campbell. The supermodel joined Mark Badgley and James Mischka briefly on the runway Tuesday, amid cascading silver balloons, as the duo celebrated their silver anniversary together. The brand is known for delicate, dazzling dresses, and delivered that once again for its spring collection. It would be easy to imagine which A-list celebrity might wear which gown; most of the designs were not made for mere mortals.

  • Sparkles with Naeem, Serena turns fashion designer

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week was equal parts celebrity and sophistication Tuesday, with runway shows that included a collection by red carpet favorite Naeem Khan and a new line by Serena Williams. Naomi Campbell made an appearance at Badgley Mischka's show, which also marked its silver anniversary, while a trio caused a stir with a no-clothes fashion moment. Here are some of the highlights from the day: ____ FROM GRAND SLAM TO GRAND FASHION Fresh off her third straight U.S. Open win, Serena Williams took on New York Fashion Week with her first runway show, as a celebrity crowd that included Vogue editor Anna Wintour watched from the front row.

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs puts on NY Fashion Week rave

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Marc by Marc Jacobs, the designer's more moderately priced line, threw a seizure-inducing rave Tuesday complete with multicolored light show and T-shirts declaring a "New World System." The line is steered by Brits Katie Hillier, the creative director, and Luella Bartley, who heads design. For spring this New York Fashion Week, they went for teased 1980s punk hair and black latex leggings, along with supple plastic jackets and other pieces with blue polka dots fit for the average grunge fashionista. And they pieced together patchworks of solids on one side of garments with mixed layers of pleats on the other in solid yellow topped by dark dots. It came in dresses and other looks.

  • Naeem Khan: dazzling red carpet and sporty stripes

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Naeem Khan, a king of brilliant and bejeweled red carpet dressing, mixed his signature sparkle with gowns of sporty stripes Tuesday at New York Fashion Week. He had a single oops moment — for most women, anyway — in a shorty short outfit of open red panels that exposed an intrepid model's thonged backside. Khan rolled out the dazzle in silver, gold and a starburst of white in a beaded cocktail dress. There were shiny satins in kelly green and sunny yellow in several styles. For that Hollywood moment when only mega-watt gold will do, Khan provided a fully sequined, body-skimming gown, flaired at the bottom with an open, sexy back.

  • Lauren stages 4-D hologram show for Fashion Week

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you came out for Ralph Lauren's spring 2015 fashion show to get a close-up of the designer's new Polo brand for women, you might have been disappointed. The clothes quickly disappeared in the mist. The show Lauren presented on Monday night, on a 4-D runway in Central Park, made already willowy models four stories tall, projected them onto an enlarging water screen, measuring 60 feet tall and 150 feet wide. Then the catwalk began along different fast-changing iconic New York landscapes, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the High Line. Ralph Lauren, who was at the event in real life, showed up as a water hologram too. He did a dance, or at least his mirage did, drawing laughter from the audience of several hundre

  • Rodarte finds inspiration in tide pools

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up in California, the Mulleavy sisters — Laura and Kate, designers of the Rodarte label — often visited Monterey, home to many tide pools. And so they chose tide pools, and the nature surrounding them, as the inspiration for their new spring collection. "The pools, the rocks, the seaweed, the lichen," said Laura Mulleavy backstage, listing the various elements that inspired the duo. "And that developed into this idea of piers. What would it be like to live on a pier? Things like that." The theme came across in colors — sea foam, for example, and aqua, along with the rocklike colors of olive green and gray. And in textures, like netting (to recall fish nets) and macramé on dresses.

  • Will you wear the new Spanx jeans?

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The go-to brand for foundation garments is giving women a new denim line that promises comfort and a slimming fit.

  • AP PHOTOS: Fashion models share off-runway tales

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — They're the often- anonymous stars of New York Fashion Week — the models who walk the runways in designer clothes, looking mostly impassive and inevitably beautiful as they pose before cameras. Their lives off the runways, however, remain for the most part a mystery. They are young women like Mari Agory, whose family fled the South Sudan for Egypt to escape civil war; Adesuwa Pariyapasat, who was discovered by a scout in Nigeria at 17; Abiah Hostvedt, whose life on the road sometimes makes him homesick for his native Jamaica. Associated Press photographers spoke backstage with models during New York Fashion Week, which began Thursday. Here are their stories.

  • Vera Wang channels Marie Antoinette, Versailles

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vera Wang says she looked back — way back — for her spring collection, recalling the 18th century in France. The white gravel covering the floor at her runway show in a Chelsea gallery was there to evoke the same gravel at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, and her sumptuous garments to evoke thoughts of Marie Antoinette and Versailles (in early, happy times, of course.) Intricate "passementiere" — trims and braids — embellished the backs of sleek black jackets, like an oversized black wool twill blazer, or dresses, like a wool twill camisole dress, which also featured fabric-covered sequin flowers and a ruffled hem.

  • Varied looks at Burch artist-inspired collection

    Updated: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — There were sequins, there were fringes, and there were, of course, purses. Tory Burch's spring collection was an eclectic mix of bold patterns and looks that could morph from a day wedding to a cocktail party to the red carpet. Burch said her collection, which she showed Tuesday at Lincoln Center, was inspired by French artist Francoise Gilot, whose paramour was none other than Pablo Picasso. But it also appeared African-inspired, with intricate designs, multicolored necklaces and colors s reminiscent of those sported by the Masai Kenyan tribe.

  • Rag & Bone tries sexy, feminine for spring

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rag & Bone girl of spring just rolled out of bed after a long night. She couldn't find her pants or locate her bra. She misplaced her top so she threw on her boyfriend's vest, found some judo pants and headed out. "There's quite a lot of skin," acknowledged David Neville, half the brand's design duo with Marcus Wainwright. "The girls look beautiful. We want everyone to sit there and think they want to be that girl, which I think they may do," he added in a backstage interview. Indeed. In a warehouse space at a long-closed post office on Monday night, the two shifted gears a bit from seasons past for this New York Fashion Week.

  • Zac Posen molds neoprene into bustiers and bustles

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Would Audrey Hepburn have snatched up one of the neoprene straight-legged trouser sets or girly off-the-shoulder dresses from Zac Posen's New York Fashion Week runway? Or maybe the white, all-over embroidered trousers with a matching long-sleeve top? The designer celebrated her style Monday night in a spring collection of molded and folded and draped neoprene in a range of whites, blacks and bright scarlet. In an ode to classic tailoring and stylized architecture, he created peplums, bustiers and bulk, the latter not always where women might want it. Other looks were beautifully beaded, including a short strapless gown in black.

  • Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifted the curtain on his official portrait Monday, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder standing in front of the official California seal. Schwarzenegger unveiled the portrait at a ceremony in the state Capitol in which he made a rare appearance in Sacramento nearly four years after he left office. The oversized portrait of a youthful Schwarzenegger, which will eventually hang on the third floor, was painted by Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, a realist who previously illustrated Andy Warhol and John F. Kennedy.