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DKNY Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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If there was any show that captured the spirit of today here in New York City, it had to be DKNY. Inspired by her daughter almost 22 years ago, Donna Karan's younger line continues to be a brand of choice for working gals all over The Big Apple (and beyond!), and the Spring 2012 show paid homage to the city and the girl, where it all began. Staged against a TRUE NYC backdrop of a sidewalk and yellow cab featuring a DKNY sign on top and pedestrians strolling by in the distance, the models strutted by in vibrant colors and hats the way most city girls do—with confidence.

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Rag & Bone Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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So we've seen sporty silhouettes and mixed motocross looks zooming around during New York Fashion Week, and now thanks to Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville we can add super cool, chilled out surfer girls to the mix! For their Spring 2012 collection, the masters of fine-tuned downtown basics infused their mix-n-match separates with heavy doses of mustard yellow, neon orange, and various shades of cyan from light sky to deep blue sea. What's more, they sent it all down a light bulb lit runway to a soundtrack tailor-made especially for the show by Radiohead frontman THOM YORKE. You wouldn't normally associate the two, but Yorke's choice of ambient sound with driving beats (and sci-fi clicks, clacks, and a spooky voice) amplified the modernity of the collection making you feel like you were at a super sophisticated, 90s-inspired warehouse rave.

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Alicia Keys, Lea Michele, Courtney Love, and Zoe Kravitz attend Alexander Wang's Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week Show.
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If there's any show at New York Fashion Week that the peeps clamor to get into, it's Alexander Wang. This year was no exception, either, as the enormous space at Pier 57 was packed wall-to-wall with chatter and the front row was heaving with MEGA-celebs like Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, (CUTE COUPLE ALERT), Lea Michele looking all Vogue-ified while striking a pose in electric blue heels, Courtney Love rocking some nude leather gloves, and Zoe Kravitz paying homage to Wang in her best dressed-down chic. The runway was more of a stage with huge rectangular mirrors positioned strategically so you could see the looks from all sides at all times. And zee clothes, you ask? Rev your engines because it was all about MOTOCROSS MANIA. Oh, and pockets. Lots and lots of POCKETS.

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Helmut Lang Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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OK, so the whole New Yorkers Always Wear Black stereotype is relatively true, but when you think about it, wearing just black or white (or both!) can be liberating and EASY. Why? LAYERS, people. You start with the basics and build adding colors and accessories along the way. There's a RED FLAG caveat, though (it's not really red, I just wanted to type a color because it's about to get STARK up in here), and that caveat is that your monochromatic pieces must be both cut and tailored well. Yes, you can count a basic white t-shirt and black skinnies as good basics to begin with, but if they're shapeless or don't fit you, then it's nothing but a mono-mess. Enter Helmut Lang, or should I say Michael and Nicole Colovos, the designers for the famously minimal label. This season they did something SO DRASTIC, so BOLD and out of the goth box that it can only be described with words in keeping with their usual somber trajectory, and those words are LEMON CARNAGE. Dear Fashion Gods, protect me as I clack this, but for Spring 2012 (do you hear birds chirping?) Helmut Lang designed several dresses in sunny—oh my here it comes—yellow.

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Falguni & Shane Peacock Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week.
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If you see Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, or Kelly Rowland rocking something short, skintight, sparkly, and possibly edged in feathers, chances are they're wearing Falguni & Shane Peacock. The husband and wife design duo made their New York Fashion Week debut with their spring 2012 collection, and despite a late start, they ended with a round of cheers and enthusiastic applause for a collection of dresses that all seem fit for a pop star. Some of the hoots and hollers might also have had something to do with choosing up-and-coming singer (and Lil Wayne tour mate) Porcelain Black to close out the show sashaying to her own song, "This is What Rock N Roll Looks LIke," while also blowing kisses to Joan Rivers (RESPECT) on the front row.

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Samantha Pleet Spring 2012.
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In case you haven't noticed, Brooklyn is having a moment. Now that all the young folk have migrated across the East River to places like Williamsburg—where concrete runway shows happen EVERYDAY down Bedford Street—new hubs of creative activity are churning out all kinds of KEWL labels, music, and collaborations in-between. (We like to imagine neon striped bees with bangs jamming out in their vintage adorned artisanal hives.) One of our favorite Brooklyn-based designers is Samantha Pleet, who we can attest, in her seven years in business, has single-handedly brought the romper back to the borough. Her New York Fashion Week shows are always low-key, musically-inclined, and RIFE with looks that end up trending all over stylin' ladies who shop at the Brooklyn Flea. This season she collaborated with singer Caroline Polachek from the Brooklyn band Chairlift to provide a pulsating soundtrack to the show. And if Pleet's new collection is any indication, we foresee spies in tribal necklaces and feather adorned synchronized swimmers frolicking around the cracked concrete streets come springtime.

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Mara Hoffman's Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week show.
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The best part about watching show after spring show in the FALL is getting blasted with colorful, somewhat seasonable clothing just when everyone is starting to revert back to black again despite the still-warm temps. If there's any designer who isn't afraid of mish-mashing vibrant color with wildly original prints—no matter what time of year it is—it would have to be New York's Mara Hoffman. Her spring collection was a modern take on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (if Frida was into multi-striped jumpsuits, see-through gowns, and flashes of neon green). We still CAN-NOT get over the intricate (and completely original) prints nor how the hair team wove strips of fabric into piled-high braids making them look like jaunty caps n' feathers ever-so-slightly askew. Seriously, fashion peoples, everything about this collection was MUY EXCELENTE.

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The Helmut Lang Fashion's Night Out party.
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While it's clear that Fashion's Night Out has become a MAMMOTH event, the mayhem it caused downtown was truly something to behold. Everywhere you looked there were spiked heels and topknots, red lips and bow ties, or vintage polka dots dancing around with tribal prints. Nestled down the somewhat quieter Mercer Street was the Helmut Lang store, which promised a full set by indie rock masters Best Coast. Even though there was a gigantic looming crowd trailing down to the corner, and also the presence of buttery lob-stah rolls distracting us on the street, nothing (and we do mean NOTHING) could tear us away from the '60s surf punk melodies and black leather loveliness this party was sure to conjure.

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Miss Piggy at the Opening Ceremony Fashion's Night Out party.
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We had no idea there were going to be so many Muppet worshippers at Fashion's Night Out this year. Seriously, WHOA NYC, you really brought the Muppet love! We must admit that we truly felt we were among our people at the Opening Ceremony El Mercado De Carnaval party at The Ace hotel. (And by our people, we mean those who hold Gonzo in high esteem.) Opening Ceremony is always one of the most fun-tastic presences at Fashion's Night Out, with streets full of ice cream trucks and sidewalk dance parties, not to mention GAH-mazing designer collabs. Our personal fave this year? Oh, just a Muppet clothing line. (Bet you didn't see that coming, huh?) Yes, folks, we can officially check one off the ol' bucket list now that we've stood within arm's distance of the illustrious Miss Piggy. Opening Ceremony's guest of honor—and the party's resident hipster (pigster?)—also turned out to be quite the heartbreaker.

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BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2012

Models at the BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2012 show in New York on Sept. 8.
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New York Fashion Week has officially begun, and we hit the Lincoln Center bleachers hard this morning (our mega-wedges have already started to punish) in order to capture the first show of the day, BCBG Max Azria, in all its vibrant glory. Although the rain-slicked streets of upper Manhattan were threatening to pull us down on the metal inclines leading up into the "tents," once inside the backstage area, it was nothing but a pulsating, heart-thumping fashion FRENZY. Let's just say our fingers not only secretly faux-caressed numerous floaty dresses hanging in the model changing area, but they might have also rumbled with the manicured digits of model Arizona Muse in the vicinity of the yogurt station. But the clothes, you ask? Well, the clothes, fashion gang, were vibrant wisps of wonder.

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