NEW YORK — Every so often at Fashion Week, there is a moment when the runway is transported from the bustle of New York to a different time or place.
At Vera Wang on Tuesday, it was an idealized India. Tory Burch's muse was a preppy American who goes out to see the world. J. Crew had in mind a beach vacation.
Who needs a plane ticket to join the jet set? Fashion designers will let your clothes do the globe-trotting.
"If you see a great dress, you can build a lot around it. If you're doing a music video, the designer inspiration can even give the idea for the video," said Ty Hunter, Beyonce's stylist, who was among the editors, retailers and celebrities gathered at Lincoln Center on Day 6 of Merdedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.
Vera Wang's India-inspired clothes were quiet, delicate and lovely, sometimes requiring a trained eye to notice Wang's nod to the Nehru collar or choli jacket. They invoked India without ornate trappings or touristy gimmicks.
Wang's A-list crowd (Stacy Keibler caused a front-row frenzy) could appreciate the soutache embroidery, which looks a bit like braided lace, that decorated a white sleeveless V-neck shift, and the chartreuse brocade peplum top with gold jeweled epaulettes paired with a chantilly hand-pieced lace sheath.
The collarless, sleeveless tailored jackets were a bit more obvious in their reference to India, but not too much so.
"The collection is out of India, but India is just the starting point," Wang said in a backstage interview. "There is no belly dancing, there are no sarongs, there are no saris. It is about the sort of discipline about Indian men's clothes like Nehru, against the mystery and sensuality of Indian women — but not literally."
Don't be surprised if some of these looks head out to Hollywood later this month for the Emmy Awards. "Well, that is a possibility. That is a distinct possibility," Wang said.
VICTORIA, VICTORIA BECKHAM
Easy, sporty dresses in sunbleached colors, friendly prints and a bird or two reflect California's influence on Victoria Beckham and her more affordable Victoria line.
Against bright white walls at Milk Studios, with a sweeping view of the Hudson River downtown, Beckham held her adorable toddler Harper (in a white romper) during the laid-back show, her second in a week and the third for the more casual line.
A dreamy "cloudy moon" print in a sloped-hem sleeveless dress above the knee had a muted white orb on top, fading into a sky of mauve and blue. She used the same pattern in a different silhouette with pleats along a seam at the waist that offered a roomy fit.