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She showed off metallic gold in a gown with a deep V-neck both front and back, ending with one in blue, a backless red with high neck and long sleeves, and a touch of classic black. A metallic gold panel was worked into the vertical panels of an evening dress with a dramatic drape at one shoulder.

Fringe was everywhere in her “American Legends” collection for fall at New York Fashion Week. She put it on boots, round hats with wide flat brims and gaucho pants. It adorned a wool twill jacket, suede vest and felted twill coat _ all in black.

Von Furstenberg played with fabrics with fun shamrocks, hearts, stars and flowers.

Von Furstenberg admirers Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Fergie sat in the front row.


She offered a broad-stroke collection that covered the full wardrobe needs of her well-heeled customer.

For daytime, there was a green cashmere crew-neck top with sculpted shoulders paired with a canvas pencil skirt covered in the colors and textures of an oil-painter’s palette.

A black dress with a dropped waist and a blanket-style, hand-loomed organza skirt with a bow at the hip was just right for a dressy dinner. A black-filament embroidered miniskirt _ worn with a slouchy blouse _ was electricity on the runway.

“I dress this way every day,” Rose said of her never-casual clothes in a recent interview. “I am always in a dress _ or something that’s `dressed.’ And I love to wear cute shoes with it. I feel better about myself this way. I like to be turned out.”

The shiny copper burnished brocade on an open-neck dress would draw the wearer lots of well-deserved attention.


Downtown cool was downright frigid for Elise Overland’s models as they stood outdoors with an urban igloo as a backdrop to present her fall line at an ice rink.

Skaters drifted around them in Overland designs outside The Standard hotel and Johnny Weir closed with a finale skate before warming up in a metallic floor-length robe of silver.

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