- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Say what you will about disco, the 1970s were a good time for American fashion. It’s when New York really carved its niche as the sportswear capital of the world.

And now, for spring 2011, designers are reclaiming the look as their own at New York Fashion Week.

Marc Jacobs led the pack with models in frizzed-out hair, jumpsuits, hot pants, culottes and striped knits. But he’s not the only one to embrace the billowy shapes, scarf-tied tops, tunics, crafty macrame looks and long, wide-legged trousers of that era.

Badgley Mischka, Rachel Roy and Elie Tahari embraced a ‘70s muse on Tuesday. Halston and Diane Von Furstenberg always have a touch of ‘70s glam, and their spring 2011 collections were no different.

“We’re looking at videos all around us in Lincoln Center right now and we’re like ‘Oh, there’s a ‘70s thing, there’s ‘70s, there’s ‘70s,’” James Mischka told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “It’s happening all around us, and it’s just kind of in the water on 7th Avenue, I guess.”

RODARTE

There’s a lot of fashion, of course, at a Rodarte fashion show, but there’s also a lot of show. And, apparently, there’s now a movie, too.

Guests previewing Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s wood-themed collection Monday were informed by signs all over the doors that cameras for a Rodarte film would be rolling.

Using a soundtrack of mellow ‘70s hits, models worked their way around a maze of shipping pallets in dresses that mimicked tree bark and paneling, jackets with cutout shoulders and suits made of an embossed leather in rich shades of brown.

There were kooky combinations of patterns _ checks and plaids and stripes, often all together _ but that’s the norm for these high-concept, low-profile sisters from California. It worked this time largely because the palette was so soothing, rooted in forest shades. A handful of blue-and-white prints inspired by the Ming Dynasty provided a lighter, brighter contrast.

BADGLEY MISCHKA

Mark Badgley and James Mischka do their glamour thing every season. It’s the DNA of the Badgley Mischka brand. If it hits the trends, great, they say. If not, that’s OK, too.

How about doing it halfway?

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