- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Every so often at Fashion Week, there is a moment when the runway is transported from the bustle of New York to a different time or place.

Who needs a plane ticket to join the jet set? Might as well let your clothes do the globe-trotting.

At Vera Wang on Tuesday, it was an idealized India. Tory Burch’s muse was a preppy American who goes out to see the world. J. Crew had in mind a beach vacation. Rodarte? Medieval role playing.

“If you see a great dress, you can build a lot around it,” said Ty Hunter, Beyonce’s stylist, who said the right look might even inspire a real-life trip to shoot a music video.

Editors, stylists, retailers and celebrities will continue gathering at Merdedes-Benz Fashion Week through Thursday before heading to London, Milan and Paris.

VERA WANG

Vera Wang’s India-inspired clothes were quiet, delicate and lovely, sometimes requiring a trained eye to notice Wang’s nod to the Nehru collar or choli jacket. They invoked India without ornate trappings or touristy gimmicks.

Wang’s A-list crowd (Stacy Keibler caused a front-row frenzy) could appreciate the soutache embroidery, which looks a bit like braided lace, that decorated a white sleeveless V-neck shift, and the chartreuse brocade peplum top with gold jeweled epaulettes paired with a chantilly hand-pieced lace sheath.

The collarless, sleeveless tailored jackets were a bit more obvious in their reference to India, but not too much so.

“The collection is out of India, but India is just the starting point,” Wang said in a backstage interview. “There is no belly dancing, there are no sarongs, there are no saris. It is about the sort of discipline about Indian men’s clothes like Nehru, against the mystery and sensuality of Indian women _ but not literally.”

THE ROW

Here’s how far Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have come with their fashion collection The Row: Sitting at the spring preview, it becomes clear that other designers at New York Fashion Week have been mimicking the layered-yet-airy refined look that is at the heart of this label.

This was the real deal, though, with the Olsens piling on the models long and fluid duster coats, tunics and dresses on Monday, sometimes paired with pajama pants and other times with slouchy skinny-leg silk ones.

The Row did hit on the emerging lingerie trend, although they don’t get credit for starting that one. That seems to be a collective statement coming from fashion insiders as they put next season into focus.

Almost every outfit here was a single color, head to toe. There was no embellishment so the clothes had to speak for themselves. In their notes, the Olsen twins said the collection “celebrates a spirit of subtle colors and exquisite layering.”

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