Uggs? Ugh. NY Fashion Week battles the elements

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mother Nature is clearly not a fashionista.

A blizzard forced Michael Kors to arrive at New York Fashion Week’s “Project Runway” show on Friday in _ gasp _ Uggs.

“I came in looking like Pam Anderson,” he joked backstage, where the offending boots had been traded for tasteful black leather.

Marc Jacobs postponed his Monday night show until Thursday, citing delivery problems, but for the most part Fashion Week went on with the show. IMG Fashion said organizers remained in contact with city officials, including the mayor’s office, about potential weather problems but had planned for an extra layer of tenting for the venue and more heat at Lincoln Center, along with crews to help with snow and ice.

Zac Posen said he would present his collection as usual on Sunday but he worried that out-of-town editors and retailers might not be able to make it. Other designers were considering Plan B _ adding an Internet stream _ to accommodate guests who couldn’t make it to their shows.

Still, plenty of fashion fans wouldn’t let a little snow get in the way. Baltimore college student Carmen Green arrived in a red cocktail dress and black high-heel booties.

“In this outfit, the blizzard did not deter me,” she said. She did allow that she only had to cross the street from her hotel and would change into combat boots for the train ride home.

Alyssa Montemurro, 22, works for a website that covers models. She was wearing four-inch heels and left the boots at home. Why?

“I am 5-foot-3 on a good day,” she said, “and when you’re interviewing models backstage it’s best to be somewhere near their face level.”

The celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch offered a blizzard pro tip.

“You either come in warm and comfortable clothes and boots or you come in neon _ or sequins would be a good one _ so they see you in the drift,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week wraps up Feb. 14, when the industry moves on to London, Milan and Paris.

JASON WU

Wu’s collection was all woman. Not girlie. Not mannish. That was by design.

“I wanted to bring back the woman to the runway,” he said backstage.

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