- Associated Press - Sunday, September 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Now you see fashion, now you don’t.

Illusion was one of the key trends to emerge as New York Fashion Week entered its fourth day Sunday, with sheer looks making a quiet statement.

Strategic use of sheer fabric _ here on sleeves, there on a neckline, overlay or skirt _ gave the illusion of bareness without revealing too much. The look was naturally sexy, without being vulgar.

The light, airy feel of the clothes went with a generally optimistic feeling that has prevailed at the spring 2011 previews at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Late Sunday, the crowd headed to a twenty-fifth anniversary party for Tommy Hilfiger, one of the splashiest events of the week.

VICTORIA BECKHAM

Picture this: Victoria Beckham in a white matte gazar gown with sculptural pleated shoulders and a waistband adorned with linked microbeads. The dress was part of the spring collection Beckham offered to a select group of editors, retailers and stylists.

“I pushed myself with this dress,” she said, vowing to wear it to the next big fashion event.

The Cadillac-pink shift dress with an asymmetrical, curved neckline is also headed to her personal wardrobe, and the masculine leather weekender that’s part of her new handbag collection can be for her husband, David Beckham.

Beckham takes the unusual step of personally narrating her show, and is now treated by the industry as a celebrated designer, not a celebrity.

The themes of her spring dresses was a celebration of curves, she said, taking out some of the corsetry that she previously built silhouettes on, replacing that with oval panels that she said would give the same flattering shape with more comfort.

DEREK LAM

Derek Lam made a strong statement about style next spring without making any noise. The designer defined the quiet chic that has populated many of the runways.

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