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Tahari’s show started with an appealing pantsuit, the jacket coming down to the knees and creating a slender, flattering silhouette.

Soon the more glamorous elements appeared: Fluttering, transparent blouses, a bright gold metallic skirt, a fur vest. A long vest-jacket topped a crinkled chiffon skirt, a more whimsical approach to Tahari’s much-admired daywear.

For night, a gold metal tank dress seemed to hit the spot for many of Tahari’s fans.

RALPH RUCCI

To build on artful, architectural and expensive wardrobes, Rucci offered several modern looks with sheer plastic panels. Sometimes it was an inset around the bodice, sometimes more subtle on the cuff of a jacket or hem of a skirt.

And there was a white neoprene coat, paired with a faille straight skirt, like you’ve never seen neoprene before.

He used silver python for a banded skirt that was worn with a sheer chiffon button-front blouse. For evening there was black caviar-beaded blouson dress _ using the tiniest beads one could imagine _ that had little fringe at the hemline.

The clothes are grand but not showy _ and Rucci received a standing ovation for his effort.

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AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck in New York contributed to this report.

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