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Last Looks: DKNY, Proenza Schouler, Bibhu Mohapatra, Naeem Khan and Michael Kors

An ode to grunge seems to be resonating through the halls, or tents, of New York Fashion Week. Yet, in not-quite-equal measure, an intoxicating backlash of femininity is vying for attention—glamour, it seems, refuses to take a backseat. Thus, Wednesday’s lineup skipped around from gender defying to overtly sexual to all-out decorative feats.

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Photos: InDigital

Under the direction of newly minted creative leads Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the hotly anticipated DKNY show had something to prove. Sticking to what they know best (menswear), the Public School duo teased out the tension between hard and soft. Although they may have veered from the label’s unfussy DNA, they struck gold with deconstructed power suits reinvented as dresses and skirts. Sheer-to-silk fabrications with more fluid drape worked in softer elements. Palette anchored the elemental aesthetic. Save for two cobalt looks, every piece stuck to a black-white dichotomy.

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New York Fashion Week S/S 2016: A Rainbow on the Runway at Naeem Khan

Almost immediately upon seeing the stunning embroidery and rich, vivid colors of Mumbai-born designer Naeem Khan’s spring collection, we were reminded of the much relied-upon Diana Vreeland trope, “Pink is the navy blue of India.”

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All photos by Jessa Carter

An operatic soundtrack played loudly, as if it were rock and roll. When the actual pink came out—underscored by a pair of chunky wooden platforms and held up by a ropelike silver necklace—it had really started to feel like eveningwear and occasion dressing had a new, slightly wild lease on life.

Check out the pink number below, as well as a rainbow parade of multicolored and mono-hued gowns (plus a jumpsuit and a shorts set!). The red carpet is going to get punched up this spring.

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What You’re Noticing About Runway Hair and Box Clutches, Marc by Marc’s Off-Duty Models, Graffiti Glam for Naeem Khan and Narciso Rodriguez’s Sophisticated Lunar New Year

Fashion Week Journal for Tuesday, February 17

You’ve been watching the shows and you’ve no doubt picked up on a certain something happening with the models and their hair. Can’t quite put a finger on it? We talked to colorist Victoria Hunter, co-owner of the Whittemore House Salon and major collaborator with major brands and their major hair moments, to get her break-down on it.

You know what’s crazy, though? Later in the day I got an email from Hunter who said that, on the behest of the designers a certain model was walking for, _____________ (the unnamed big name model) actually didn’t go for color, she too went for the absence of color. Black. Which just underscores what the hair trend pro detailed for us in that video embedded above. So. There you go.

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New York Fashion Week: September 9

We’ve got highlights from yesterday’s shows, including sultry sirens from Rodarte, lush floral elegance from Oscar de la Renta and the latest from Tory Burch, Naeem Khan, MARC BY MARC JACOBS and Narciso Rodriguez.

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Aquatic themes ruled the runway at Rodarte* with sequined mermaid dresses, earthy underwater palettes and skinny jeans paired with boho blouses and swashbuckling boots.

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Runway Rundown: Naeem Khan

Polished. Fearless. Glamourous.

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Exotic prints, intricate beading, feathers and flapper-esque flair were cleverly fused together by Naeem Khan. The Indian-born, New York-based designer did what he does best for fall—and that’s creating timeless fashion that makes a woman feel sexy and strong.

“In order to create a new vocabulary, you have mix things up,” said Naeem to The Thread just days before his fall 2014 show.

The designer adds that he’s “been taken by the work of Charles James, who was a famous American designer from the ’30s until the late ’70s. When you combine the elegance of Charles’s designs and the sexiness of burlesque—think Cabaret with Liza Minnelli—you mix all that and you get my idea of razzmatazz, but in a very sophisticated way. You get a whole new thing. That’s where fall is going to be.”

Counting First Lady Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé as his fans, Naeem provided his red carpet darlings with plenty of head-turning options—like these two floor-length ivory gowns.

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Naeem Khan in Great Detail

Break out the microscope, because Naeem Khan‘s spring 2014 dresses are some of the most intricate we’ve ever seen. The Indian-American designer looked to traditional Spanish embroidery for his new collection, creating beaded brocade gowns that give new meaning to the word ornate. It’s easy to imagine these looks on the red carpet—and they’d make spectacular wedding wear, too. Basically, if over-the-top isn’t an issue, you know exactly where to turn.

Mary O’Regan

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