NY Fashion Week inspired by faraway lands

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It was another example of the easy elegance that earned them the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s award earlier this year as the top womenswear designers.

RODARTE

Punk met the medieval princess on the catwalk at Rodarte, where the design-duo sisters said they were inspired by medieval and role-playing games.

Laura and Kate Mulleavy took the edge off grommet-covered leather pants by pairing them with silk blouses, and toughened up a brocade organza dress a leather embroidered bodice.

The peach halter gown with a yellow waistband could entice a hero for a damsel in distress.

But don’t mistake this spring collection for anything but modern: The chunky shoe made of mixed materials and a computer-cut heel made sure of that. The cagelike corsets used here fit into this apparent fascination with harnesses this round of fashion previews, but they somehow seemed to make more sense on this runway where the Mulleavys don’t pull any punches.

BADGLEY-MISCHKA

Mark Badgley and James Mischka seem to like movies a lot. Old movies.

For their Spring 2013 collection, the designer duo picked a 1935 film version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” _ a play that takes place in the spring, after all.

The film starred James Cagney, but the star of the Badgley Mischka collection was their fabrics _ “springlike fabrics, but with depth to them,” explained Mischka backstage. Lots of tulle and chiffon, for example.

Among the more interesting fabrics was a “hologram tweed” _ a shimmery tweed used both in a casual pant, paired with an ivory organza bustier, and in a jacket, paired with an organza and chiffon skirt.

But though there were a number of separates featured, Badgley and Mischka are known for their eveningwear, loved by celebrities and socialites (the crowd included Kevin Jonas and gymnast Aly Raisman). And there was plenty of that, for example a filmy celadon-colored tulle and organza gown, and another tulle-and-organza creation in a brilliant coral _ the show-closing gown.

TORY BURCH

Imagine this young woman, all preppy and proper. She buys a ticket to Africa, to India and then to Mexico. She’s hooked on exotic lands, and she loves bringing home the treasures she finds there.

That’s the muse who dominated Tory Burch’s runway. Her first look was for departure day: a prim wheat-print silk faille day dress with a suitcase-style handbag in the matching print.

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