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September 17, 2010 > White is the new black at NY Fashion Week

White is the new black at NY Fashion Week

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP), Sep 11 - If fashion is any guide, better days may be ahead.

Designers flocked to an optimistic white on Saturday at New York Fashion Week. It was a far cry from the blacks and grays that have come to dominate the runways.

The look was a softer, summery white with plenty of linen, eyelet and macrame. Alexander Wang used it in a modern way, while Jill Stuart went clean and polished, but not stuffy. Cynthia Rowley and Vivienne Tam turned to a soft ivory.

It seems the warrior muse that stormed the runway through the darkest days of the economic meltdown is ready to plan a vacation, relax and plan a sunny future.

Saturday was the third day of spring previews at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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EDUN

Fashion label Edun took to the streets to show its spring/summer 2011 collection - literally.

Saturday's show was the first collection for designer Sharon Wauchob. It was held outside in a covered alley with models walking down a gravel catwalk.

Edun founder Ali Hewson, who is the wife of Bono from U2, said she started the company because she felt there is a real demand from consumers to look good, but also to feel good about what they are wearing.

``I think it was an opportunity to do something on the ground and to see how business worked on the continent of Africa and Bono was working in a very macro way, and we wanted to do something on the ground in a micro way,'' she said.

The clothes exuded an earthy kind of natural feel with colors that included, white, indigo, sand, black and copper. There was also a geometric animal print. Hewson said not all the clothes are organic and not all are made in Africa, but they are mindful of making the items in an ethical way.

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LACOSTE

Lacoste turned to its tennis-design past, outfitting models in a modern take on decades-old tennis pants. The high-waisted pants were baggy in the thigh and tapered at the ankle.

``I was thinking of always this 1930s, 20s tennis look of Rene Lacoste, with pleated flannel white pants, tennis pants ... and making it contemporary,'' designer Christophe Lemaire said.

Lemaire's show, his final one for the brand, featured boxy, geometric, clean shapes with a lot of white, cream, orange, tan, red and black. He also used different textures like net, cotton and nylon.

A female model were the pants in white with a black belt, a white shirt and black tie, which gave the look a high-style vibe. A male model wore an orange polo with the pants in a matching color.

There was a cute yellow and white striped terrycloth dress, worn slouchy in an off-the-shoulder way with white lace-up sandals and white tennis bracelets.

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NICOLE MILLER

Nicole Miller went for an elegant layered look with thin fabrics in a subdued palette ranging from ivory to gray to black.

An ivory jacket was worn over a long khaki silk georgette blouse and a satin chiffon dress. A pair of black shorts were cut just above the knee, giving them a very city chic look.

But there were also long flowy gowns. A chiffon dress had a prism print on it, while a jacket had cutout shoulders revealing the skin.

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GEORGES CHAKRA

Georges Chakra's Editions show was all gowns, many with lines of satin straps inspired by the undulating curves and wraparound bands of the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada.

Chakra said he made the collection of short-short and long designs for all ages, ``especially now everybody wants to be young.'' A model wore a striking black strapless dress with satin strap and crystal detailing over a nude lining. Another wore a purple charmeuse gown with a basket weave corset and a satin strap neckline. There was an ivory long gown with billowing sleeves, and gold and silver dresses, perhaps for women who like a little flash.

Chakra said his look for spring is focused on the body, so he kept the shoes nude.

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