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Blue lights bathed the runway and a drum beat pounded before Cynthia Rowley debuted a collection of printed, flowy silk dresses and glittered sweaters for fall at New York Fashion Week.

Her hemlines varied from just above the knee to nearly on the floor. Dresses were loose fitting and willowy, moving easily around models in chunky metallic high heels. Rowley called them “walking dresses,” or “dancing dresses.”

She used a green and brown chevron print on a swingy, silk dress with a tie at the neck. A long sleeved cream dress had a multicolored band hem that swayed back and forth.

Rowley also used disintegrated velvets for dresses. One sleeveless, deep green velvet dress had an upside-down T-shaped panel on the back. The pants of a yellow velveteen suit were the length of culottes.

Actress Julia Stiles was in the front row. “She’s got such a fun, playful attitude toward clothing that I think is reflected in her designs.”

REBECCA MINKOFF

Rebecca Minkoff’s fall mix of luxury and bohemian was inspired by Sean Lennon’s girlfriend, model-turned-singer Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

The bonus was a performance by Lennon once the lights went down. He played for the duration of the show.

Minkoff admires Muhl’s mastery of vintage and new. The designer showed black cigarette pants with patches on the knees and a leopard print jumpsuit with a black leather belt and black and gold handbag.

A skirt in a leopard print had an asymmetrical hem and was worn with a black sequined off-the-shoulder sweater.

The show’s finale was a flowy floor-length V-neck gown in a nearly sheer green and black print.