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Alicia Keys was in the front row and could certainly pull off any of the sexy riffs on the tuxedo.

A tafetta-bomber poncho hybrid had a quilted interior lining, but Wang’s well-done, more traditional poncho that faded from merino wool into leather probably will go the distance in stores.

Quilted leather spats and fur headbands could be harder sells, but his customers are loyal, and they’re largely trendsetters, too.

VIVIENNE TAM

Tam opened with dark colored pieces in tweed and wool. Turtleneck sweaters in navy blue and dark gray looked thick and inviting.

Sequin dresses included a wedding dress with fringe. Most of Tam’s collection pulled from a more conservative place, but a bold red dress with sequins stood out.

Tam said she was inspired by the 600-year old Kun Opera. “The bright colors of the opera costumes are adapted to the sophisticated palette of today’s urban woman, with subtle opulence.”

She preserved her East-meets-West sensibility, moving through the ages by adding opera sleeves to a champagne silk blouse. She topped a black suede vest coat with Mongolian fur trim.

Keeping close to home, she worked in some dragon designs. Her cream-colored dragon crochet tunic sprinkled with jet crystals was a highlight.

“In China, we are deeply aware of our contradictions: in awe of our ancient cultural traditions, yet striving to be modern.”

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