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Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 11:40

A bigger, badder DKNY and black and white at Vera Wang

By Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Fashion Week heads into the final stretch Tuesday with plenty of big designers to come. It was DKNY's turn Monday, along with Zac Posen, Thom Browne and others.

The fresh design team at DKNY focused on the future with a bolder collection than the legacy looks of yore by Donna Karan, and Posen spoke in garden shades and prints, putting a contemporary edge on classic cocktail and evening looks with technical fabrics, embroidery and beads.

Some highlights:

BLACK, WHITE AND MYSTERIOUS AT VERA WANG

Vera Wang brought a dark, brooding, almost eerie atmosphere to her runway show at New York Fashion Week, with exaggerated proportions like sleeves that extended past the fingers and dangled toward the legs.

Wang famously loves black, and all of her garments were in black or white — but mostly black. And they were unusual: Besides the over-long sleeves — "almost like a glove," she described them — there were a number of structured jackets that had no shoulders.

Wang said the three main concepts she was going for were power, craft and "mystery — dark, dark, mysterious." And also sexy, she added, surely referring to the long filmy skirts that were so sheer, they left absolutely nothing to the imagination.

The skirts were long enough to prove treacherous for the models, who had to wear stiletto-heeled booties and somehow heroically avoid stepping on the skirts. There were a few stumbles, but no washouts.

Admiring Wang's creations from the front row was a high-powered group of tennis star Maria Sharapova on one side of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and gold-medal Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on the other. Biles sat next to Tony-winning Broadway star Cynthia Erivo. Across from them was film actress Chloe Sevigny.

"It's amazing that she has created this whole lifestyle brand, an empire, and I just like to come out and support powerful women in the industry," Sevigny said. "I think it's nice to do that and there aren't enough of them, so the ones that have created this world like she has should be lifted up and celebrated."

A bigger, badder DKNY and black and white at Vera Wang
Fashion from the Vera Wang Spring 2017 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A bigger, badder DKNY and black and white at Vera Wang
Fashion from the Vera Wang Spring 2017 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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