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Stuart picked up on two print motifs, the palm tree and flying birds, both of which reminded her of “happier times.”

PRABAL GURUNG

Last year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America award winner for emerging talent has lived up to the hype.

If Gurung is part of fashion’s future, his modern themes couldn’t have been more on target: A violet floral print dress with a dropped waist, plunging back and circle mini skirt seemed tailored for a space-age goddess. Sharp-shouldered jackets with skinny pants _ some in a purple paint-dripped lame _ also had that futuristic vibe.

A white crepe dress with black side ties and an updated corset made appropriate for daylight offered a dominatrix look. And there’s a starlet out there who’d be lucky to wear the black halter gown with razor-sharp tulle pleats down the side.

Laser-cut leather track shorts showed Gurung as a master of detail, although you have to wonder who is wearing those _ and where she’s going.

“Loved, loved, loved it,” gushed Adam Glassman, creative director of O, The Oprah Magazine. “Super fresh and chic. He obviously worked very hard on it. Polished and well made.”

ALEXANDER WANG

Wang was full of sporty details. There were technical fabrics, oversized pockets, exposed zippers, mesh and sharp laser-cut details. He also included lots of layers that mixed many textures, but nothing seemed too heavy for the season.

He included miniskirts and walking shorts, cargo vests and track jackets.

“We’ve already seen Alex’s influence on the runways in New York and we’re only three days in,” said Kristina O’Neill, Harper’s Bazaar executive editor. “There are anoraks, pops of neon and parachute fabrics everywhere. It was great to see him take his sporty references to the next level.”

She noted references to track and field, auto racing, BMX and football jerseys. Some models carried a golf-bag “weekender” over their shoulder.

Wang’s youthful customers come to him for cutting-edge casual. As a designer, he’s increasingly a bellwether for what’s to come. His runway attracts all the top editors, retailers and stylists _ and celebrities, including Alicia Keys, Courtney Love and Lea Michele this season. Linda Evangelista was in the front row.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

Siriano’s spring girl is a traveler with attitude in search of unusual finds at the sea dressed in bright, airy coral pink, chartreuse and citrus.

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