- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Fashion Week is fading to black.

Fall previews wrap up Thursday night, with the rescheduled Marc Jacobs show, but there’s been a steady parade of dark clothes straight on through to Wednesday, Day 7.

Black is basic, right? Black also is the color most likely to be worn by the front row of editors, retailers and stylists filling the Lincoln Center tents and venues around the city.

For the past few seasons, however, the insiders had been buzzing about brights. It was a trend that easily translated to a variety of consumers and price points.

It seemed just about everyone tried the colored-denim look over the past year _ and that’s exactly what makes black, and the other wearable, classic styles dominating Fashion Week, feel new, said Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine.

“It’s going to be a good season to shop for things you’ll keep a long time,” he said.

Narciso Rodriguez said he favors a black season, though you can’t do every season in all black (he’s come close sometimes) and it really doesn’t work for an entire collection. But it’s the quickest route to chic.

Rodriguez often sets off black with white for a graphic effect.

“I love working with black, and I open and close this collection with it, but in the middle I added a color statement,” he said. “I like color as long as you can do clear, modern color.”

He dotted his catwalk with shades of orange and pink.

Michael Kors went heavy on the black, in fur camouflage coats and mixed with safety orange and bright blue in dresses and other pieces. Rachel Zoe put on a parade of black, in a set of shaggy sleeves and a leather skirt, along with looks in white, gray and navy.

Numerous other designers also went to black, also pairing it with navy.

Jacobs gets the last word Thursday night, before the fashion crowd moves to London, then Milan and Paris.

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