Melting Pot

NEW YORK — With a shortened fashion week, Gotham’s designers went head-to-head vying for retail and editorial attention. And it’s this do-or-die-hard attitude that keeps these designers going.At Patricia Field’s House...

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Veteran designers Tony Smith and William Reid of William Reid, now backed by two retired UPS workers, couldn’t make their dresses and skirts, draped and spliced with printed scarves, fly. But they can still cut a fab pair of pants. The designers at RubinChappelle, meanwhile, showed more of their signature twisted bias knits. Of note: a tailored white silk shirt with a pleated collar or the deconstructed chiffon tops.

Showing for the first time in New York, Italian-born, British-based designer Allegra Hicks slimmed down caftans into a perfectly chic look for spring. Her fan club and circle of friends included Tiffany Dubin, Sally Albemarle, and Aerin Lauder. Looking to points East was the Custo Barcelona collection, which showed explosive colors and prints with a Japanese flavor. Carlos Miele split his collection between lots of denim — especially low-rise jeans — and frilly chiffon dresses.

For their 17th anniversary, Girls Rule! selected a lineup of labels that were as varied as teenagers themselves. One highlight was Miss Sixty’s younger sister KillaH that hit the mark for spring with urban athleticwear. And as for Jordache, let’s just hypothesize that Britney would have loved it — flashy, sassy and a little bit trashy.
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