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With touches of leather, including a faded denim print on a pair of skinny, stretch pants, she paid homage to Slim Aarons, the American photographer of the 1960s and `70s known for capturing socialites, jetsetters and celebs glammed up poolside.

Some wider-leg pants had a slight flare with pink and blue florals at the ankle. But she interspersed her soft colors with rich hues of indigo, mustang red and vivid green.

Minkoff used plaids and lace on shorts. She included bustiers, rompers and a jumpsuit, mixing masculine shapes with feminine details.


Lucky were the models in the beachy white cotton maxi dresses on the Yigal Azrouel runway Friday.

Outside Azrouel’s New York Fashion Week show in Manhattan’s Meatpacking neighborhood, it was roasting, but the designer choose an easy, sort-of-breezy path for the spring collection.

Azrouel is known for an architectural and clean style. He continued to refrain from extra embellishment for next spring, but the shape was definitely looser.

There were hooded jackets, waffle-knit tops and tank dresses. He started the show with optic white looks, which morphed into gray and then black. One pink dress, which he called “quartz,” captured the “apron” dress trend (think a sheath silhouette with tank straps) that is emerging from this round of previews, but the very low cut back made this more sexy than utilitarian.

He also hit on leather, continuing its must-have status for the fall season, and the loose hoods, which made sense on the lightweight cotton-leather trench but looked a little strange on the cotton-silk cocktail dress.


Pamella Roland honored Ellsworth Kelly in a black-and-white dominated presentation that included splashes of lemon yellow and cobalt blue just as the iconic American artist does in his paintings.

Roland covered several easy-to-wear evening gowns and shorter dresses in flat maco beads for a shimmer rather than an outright explosion of sparkle.

“I think that sparkly look’s kind of going away a little bit, but so many of our customers still want that,” said Roland, usually known for color but herself dressed in a black-and-white tuxedo pant outfit to celebrate her new minimalism.

The sleek clothes presented in groups of models who rotated eight times Friday at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall were no-nonsense for the working mom. She drops off her kids in the morning and heads to the office to run her own company, Roland said, adding: “There are no ruffles.”

The entire collection, Roland said proudly, was made in New York.

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