NY Fashion Week, Day 7: Kors, Lepore, Krakoff

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NANETTE LEPORE: A BOHEMIAN VIBE, MADE IN NEW YORK

Nanette Lepore, known for a bohemian vibe and youthful feminine designs, sent out sheer beaded tops, shaggy-collared alpaca coats with girlie geometric prints and dresses and flouncy skirts done in Bordeaux red, violet and a smoky rose.

She used netting to expose some skin in tops and dresses, and flannel for jackets and pants, along with a belted poncho and skirt. An alpaca turtleneck was paired with a trouser suit, and she used a black shag collar in a look featuring an embroidered strapless dress worn with a knit parka. There were a few asymmetrical below-the-knee hems.

Lepore’s pop of color came in a bright violet shearling coat worn with a handloom print dress. Some of her coats included zip pockets on sleeves. Sleeves were leather on one hooded flannel coat.

Lepore has received some attention in recent months for her commitment to New York’s garment industry. Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, wore a Lepore outfit to her husband’s inauguration in January, as did their daughter.

-Leanne Italie, http://www.twitter.com/litalie

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BETSEY JOHNSON‘S HOT COLLECTION: MESH, MINIS AND BARELY THERE DRESSES

If the racy clothes at Betsey Johnson’s runway show weren’t enough to cause temperatures to rise, the designer added a surefire sizzle - two hunks (barely) dressed as firefighters.

The beefcake - complete with fake fire hoses - went with the theme of the “Hot” collection. For Johnson, being hot equates with mesh dresses paired only with bright underwear, mini-dresses, shirt dresses that barely covered one’s assets, and lots and lots and lots of sequins.

Celebs such as Paris Hilton, Wendy Williams, and Zendaya Coleman were there to take it all in.

“This is the best (expletive) I’ve ever designed. This is my favorite, favorite stuff,” Johnson said in an interview before the show began.

The brightly colored clothes seemed inspired by the late ‘70s-early ‘80s disco era, from the thigh-high multicolored socks paired with tight miniskirts to the shaggy faux fur coats, jumpsuits and sexy boots. Most of the models paired the outfits with Johnson’s equally colorful bags, and there were eye-catching patterns, including a yellow shirt adorned with images of handguns.

“We see lots of sequins, shiny stretched satins, I don’t know - fluorescent colors, gold-foiled velvets and just everything a Rockette has ever worn,” she added (though it would be hard to imagine the Rockettes wearing any of these outfits for their family friendly shows).

The designer said she actually had other leggy beauties in mind when she came up with her clothes - Beyonce, Katy Perry and Rihanna.

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