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NEW YORK Feb 12 Furs, richly beaded gowns and
tuxedo jackets were all over the runways on Tuesday at New York
Fashion Week as designers opted for feminine elegance in their
fall and winter 2013 collections.
Deep V-necks, draping and long-sleeve gloves were in
abundance, along with brocades in muted as well as rich colors
and plenty of black.
Badgley Mischka featured gold-beaded jackets and black
pencil skirts, sleek tuxedo suits and jackets over gold metallic
jersey, and tulle and crepe gowns.
The design duo created a sexy and sophisticated femme fatale
look with fox fur vests, collars and wraps and flowing gowns
with beaded shoulders and waists.
"I thought it was magnificent -- the romanticism, the
fluidity and the craftsmanship," said Gwen Mader, a New York
fashion editor. "It was one of the most beautiful collections
I've seen this season."
Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who met while studying at
Parson School of Design in New York and have worked together
since 1988, are a favorite among Hollywood's elite with their
glamorous style harking back to an earlier era.
Halle Berry, Helen Mirren and Katie Perry are among the
A-listers who have walked the red carpet in their creations.
London-based designer Jenny Packham, who counts the Duchess
of Cambridge Kate Middleton among her clients, looked back to
the intellectual salons of 17th century Paris, where women
discussed the arts and literature, for her designs.
"This collection is inspired by the rich tones and hues of
these salons, the shades of midnight blue, scarlet reds,
cinnamon and lustrous opals and by the spirit of freedom that
imbued them," she said in a statement ahead of the show.
Packham, who has been showing her collections in New York
for the past few years, paired an ivory gown with a beaded coat,
a sparkling, jeweled sweater with a flowing, full skirt and a
red gown with cap sleeves and a sheer overlay.
A teal V-neck gown with a sheer beaded top across the
shoulder and bodice was among the highlights of the show that
attracted actresses Katherine Heigl and Vanessa Hudgens to the
Like Middleton, who turned heads in a Packham emerald-green
pleated gown she wore to a concert in London last summer and
wowed onlookers in a shimmering, slinky silver full-length
creation during a night out with Prince William, Angelina Jolie,
Kate Hudson and Kate Winslet are also fans of the label.
Designer Vera Wang chose a more modern look for her
collection, with black and beige geometric-cut jackets and
coats, pencil skirts, cocktail dresses and gowns with draping at
the waist and bold brocades.
Long gloves reaching nearly to the shoulder, furs, angle-cut
skirts and wide-cut vests and jackets were also part of the
collection that was viewed from the front row by American Vogue
Editor Anna Wintour and the magazine Creative Director Grace
The semi-annual New York Fashion Week, a precursor to shows
in Paris, London and Milan, attracts some 232,000 people to the
hundreds of shows at Lincoln Center and throughout the city. The
designers, buyers, stylists and press who attend the 500 or so
shows spend about $15 million on hotels and restaurants,
according to city estimates.
(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Marguerita Choy)