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NEW YORK Feb 9 Designers took fashion traveling
through time in New York on Saturday, displaying looks
showcasing the past and future to crowds undeterred by deep snow
that covered the city.
Ruffian, Lacoste and Porsche Design were three of the lines
showing their fall and winter 2013 collections at New York
Fashion Week, which brings more than 200,000 models, design
experts and journalists to the city for the semi-annual
Attendance at Fashion Week, where many in the audience don
stylish and often outlandish looks for the occasion, appeared
little touched by the storm, which left a foot (30 cm) of snow
"I don't see it affecting it, except the outfits have gotten
more interesting," said Adam Paige, a spokesman for
Mercedes-Benz, which sponsors Fashion Week shows staged at New
York's Lincoln Center.
"People have had to stretch their creativity," Paige said.
Ruffian kicked off with clothes that the designers Brian
Wolk and Claude Morais said were inspired by images of Sherlock
Holmes, saloons, opium dens and the debauchery of New York's
Bowery, brought to life with rich silks, velvets and embroidery.
Ruffian showed chalk-striped blazers, tweed jackets and
high-necked blouses, perked up with corsets and floral flounces.
Eye-catching pieces were made of shimmering metallic boucle.
In keeping with the theme, many models wore deerstalker hats
made familiar by Holmes, the fictional 19th century London
Looking into an age of futuristic exploration, Lacoste
showed sweaters, ponchos, blouses and dresses in ethereal shades
of gray, some with abstract prints of topographical maps.
Silhouettes featured exaggeratedly rounded, dropped
Color appeared at Lacoste in geometric blocked dresses of
black, white, green and blue. Bits of orange peeked out in
turtle necks and shirt collars in a collection that otherwise
stayed close to gray, white, green and black.
Jet black ruled at the Porsche Design show, which offered
sporty jackets, trousers and skirts of leather. A slight hint of
color was a rich oxblood that Porsche dubbed Windsor wine.
Fashion Week continues through Thursday with shows by
Michael Kors, Tracy Reese, Ralph Lauren and others.
(Additional reporting by Marguerita Choy; Editing by Peter