Runways go back to nature at NY Fashion Week

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“One morning, Georgina (Chapman) came into the office and said, `I think we should start the show with the finale,’” said the label’s co-founder Keren Craig.

She could have had her choices: Other feats presented Wednesday that seem destined for the red carpet were a mint-colored, hand-pleated mini with jadelike embellishment; a pearl-colored, all-embroidered dress with a lacelike effect; and a fully sculpted strapless gown made of a midnight-stained organza with flower details and painted illustrations.

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

The full change in fashion’s favorite silhouette from the aggressive, tight shape of just a season or two ago to a looser, more languid look couldn’t have been more obvious than on the Narciso Rodriguez runway.

His spring collection was feminine and sultry, yet it never lost sight of the strong woman underneath.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Courtney Love were among those in his front row. Love had to put her glasses on to get a better view.

The delicacy of Rodriguez’s spaghetti straps _ make that angel hair _ on the last few slip dresses was masterful.

Rodriguez has made architectural styles his signature, and they were still a driving force here, but there was an overall mellowing in line with the trends that have dominated New York Fashion Week. And, strategic use of champagne-colored fabrics were used as he hit the bareness-without-skin trend.

ONESTOPPLUS

Curvy girls walked a Lincoln Center runway Wednesday in clothes that accented their real-life silhouettes during New York Fashion Week’s first-ever show exclusively for plus sizes.

Turned away from the official Mercedes Benz tents, sponsor OneStopPlus.com presented “Belle Epoque” just down the street above Jazz at Lincoln Center, drawing some of the most visible inspirations for girls and women of size _ Nikki Blonsky, KayCee Stroh and Gabourey Sidibe among them.

Models representing the low end of the plus spectrum (sizes 12 to 16) showed off one-shoulder goddess dresses and bouquet-print blouses, belted shirt dresses, cropped jackets in leather and lace sheaths.

“It’s, like, finally!” said Stroh, who played Martha Cox in the “High School Musical” franchise. “Designers make good clothes, but who’s going to wear them?”

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