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    Artful Beyond Barriers: NY Fashion Week Presents its Spring Collection

    Sept. 4 began one of the most highly anticipated weeks in fashion — New York‘s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Formalwear for spring 2008 combines glam and classic beauty shown in the presentations of dresses and formal gowns throughout fashion week.

    Designers like Tadashi Shoji and Donna Karan sent models down the runway in formal wear epitomizing glam-chic. Simple silhouettes, such as strapless and corset tops, thin straps, and basic necklines were complimented by silver and gold fabrics or threading creating a delightful combination of classy and flashy.

    Shoji’s other highlight was the use of a deep shade of sapphire blue in a knee-length, chiffon, halter dress with crossover detail at the chest. The dress was multi-toned, beginning with deep blue at the bottom and lightening to pale blue at the chest. Another model wore a solid, deep sapphire satin gown that featured a basic strapless neckline, but was accented with voluminous ruffling at the chest. Shoji’s designs were elegant and classy with a touch of modern glam.

    Donna Karan’s pieces were strutted down the runway on Sept. 12, treating the audience to a palatable array of comfortable, fitted, dresses in shades of tan, yellow, bronze and brown. Her dresses were simple but fashionable, often accessorized with a large belt or stitch detail.

    Fellow American favorite Tommy Hilfiger also showed a collection on Sept. 12 at the Hammerstein Ballroom that reflected his clean-cut, always-in-style, classic taste. He paired tailored shorts with collared short- and long-sleeve blouses. Black and white styles created complimenting lines, while remaining fun and sexy. Hilfiger also combined longer-length, pleated shorts with half-tops, ‘bra’ tops and open jackets. The classic fit of the shorts combined with the barely-there top created yet another perfect blend, a trend that seems to be for the upcoming season.

    Celebrities, such as Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani presented designs during the week. Lopez introduced her ‘Just Sweet’ line, revealing once again her talent for combining urban influence with high fashion style. A personal favorite was a short, tunic-style dress in a shade of dark blue with a little bit of luster. It was paired with ankle boots and a small fedora. Another was a white, one-piece number featuring shorts just above the knees and a strapless top. Dark, solid buttons jumped out against the pure white of the material.

    Gwen Stefani (my favorite!) presented her L.A.M.B. line with the fabulous fusion of rock, glam and couture that she embodies. She presented dresses in short, mod lengths in black and white, as well as several silver, glittery dresses just dying to hit the stage! My favorite design was a black and white, mini-checked, high waist skirt paired with a forest green top and accessorized with a stand-out yellow belt. The look was completed to perfection by a pair of yellow oxford high heels. Stefani took her walk and bow with her son, Kingston, strutting down the runway in a very short hounds tooth dress with just the right amount of luster. Fashion indeed rocks!

    New York Fashion Week is a highly respected event that sets the standards for upcoming seasons in conjunction with fashion weeks in the other fashion capitals. It’s not just about clothing and accessories, but it is an artful presentation of culture, politics and personal expression that overcomes cultural and language barrier. It takes place every year, right here, in our own New York City!

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