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Fashion Week Fall 2015 highlights

Feeling out of the loop this Fashion Week? We'll keep you updated with the must-see moments of each day, so you can get up to speed on all the stylish happenings in a New York minute.

Kanye West at Ralph Lauren

It was Kanye West causing a major stir
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It was Kanye West causing a major stir at the designer's early morning show on Thursday, the last official day of New York Fashion Week. West sat front row at Skylight Clarkson Square studio on Washington Street wearing a charcoal Ralph Lauren parka with a fur-trimmed hood and his signature non-smile…that is until the show started. Watching intently, and chatting with Lauren’s wife Ricky during the runway presentation, he seemed, well, rather charming. Afterwards, he beamed, posing with Ralph and Ricky and said of the show, “I loved it so much.” As for Lauren’s influence on West’s fashion design projects? “He’s the biggest inspiration.” -- Anne Bratskeir

NYC's first lady makes an appearance

Chirlane McCray waited until the last day of
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Chirlane McCray waited until the last day of New York Fashion Week to hobnob with the fashion crowd, but she went big.

Wearing a fun red and black leaf-print dress, she sat front row at Ralph Lauren and posed for pictures with Kanye West. Maybe she's trying to start a competition with Chiara for most stylish de Blasio? -- Nina Ruggiero

Anna Sui's disco party

Anna Sui combined the 70s with futuristic fashion
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Anna Sui combined the 70s with futuristic fashion in her playful runway show. Models sported tinted goggles, crocheted Viking hats and plenty of fur and feathers in her new collection. Opera remixes and a "Dancing Queen" cover made the catwalk almost feel like a disco spot. Sofia Coppola was in attendance, perhaps researching costumes for a new film? -- Melissa Kravitz

Kloss at Kors

Supermodel Karlie Kloss did not walk in Tuesday
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Supermodel Karlie Kloss did not walk in Tuesday night’s Oscar de la Renta show, the first since the designer died in October though she was one of the designer’s favorite models.She sat front row next to BFF Taylor Swift, both wearing Oscar dresses. Kloss did make a runway appearance on Wednesday. She wore the finale dress – a sparkling silver number – at Michael Kors. – Anne Bratskeir

Cookie’s in the house

At Bibhu Mohapatra’s show Wednesday afternoon, Taraji P.
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At Bibhu Mohapatra’s show Wednesday afternoon, Taraji P. Henson, the star of Fox hit, “Empire,” was singing the designer’s praises. “I wear a lot of Bibhu,” she said donning a navy and white patterned dress from a past collection. “First of all my clothes have to fit, and his do, and they don’t make me look fat.”

As for her character’s crazy clothes, she said, “I live vicariously through Cookie. She’s very gangsta’ and ghetto. She dresses sort of like a pimp.” And viewers, here’s the signal for Cookie’s mood. “When Cookie wants to get tough, she puts on a hat.” Noted. – Anne Bratskeir

Make it for mama

Joan Kors, Michael Kors’ mom, invited two of
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Joan Kors, Michael Kors’ mom, invited two of her childhood besties (from Farmingdale, NY) to her sons’ Wednesday morning show. She lives in LA now, so the cold, could have been an issue. Not for her.

“I like these big cashmere scarves and Michael made me this double wrap black cashmere coat with a great big fox hood. And he made me another in greenish brown, but he likes the black one on me better,” she said (she was in head-to-toe black).

And little known fact (revealed by her friends): Mrs. Kors was a twirler in high school and liked to play touch football. – Anne Bratskeir

Christina Hendricks is a long way from Idaho

Christina Hendricks is no newbie when it comes
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Christina Hendricks is no newbie when it comes to cold weather. The lustrous redhead grew up for a time in Twin Falls, Idaho. So what’s her secret to staying warm…and stylish?

“Oh, I’ve been in California for too long,” said Hendricks, laughing, as she took her front row seat at the Zac Posen show held at Grand Central Terminal on Monday. “I’ve had to relearn everything.”

The actress still loves New York in its polar moments, she said, and is looking forward to seeing fellow “Mad Men”-er (“Mad Men”ite?) Elisabeth Moss onstage in the new revival of “The Heidi Chronicles,” which co-stars Jason Biggs and opens next month.She just hopes she isn’t frozen by then.

“I forgot,” she said, glancing down at her (bare!) legs, “that tights are a really, really good idea.” -- Joseph V. Amodio

The good life

Spotted at Lela Rose's show: darling Kerris Dorsey,
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Spotted at Lela Rose's show: darling Kerris Dorsey, 17, who plays not so darling Bridget Donovan on hit Showtime series, “Ray Donovan.”

Dressed in a lacy number from the designer, Dorsey, said, “This is my first New York Fashion Week ever, and I love it.”

But what about the dark world of her TV character? “It’s fun to be able to play Bridget. There are not a lot of roles for young girls these days that have a lot of content. But my real life is much lighter and easier.”

The show returns this summer. – Anne Bratskeir

Rachel Zoe brings Paris to NY

To showcase her FW 2015 collection, Rachel Zoe
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To showcase her FW 2015 collection, Rachel Zoe hosted an afternoon soirée. At Affirmation Arts in Midtown, the designer welcomed guests with flutes of bubbling French 75 cocktails, Parisian pop music and sparkling macarons. Models first posed on a balcony, walked down a staircase to the main floor and took a place on the pedestal to showcase their look. Guests could weave between models to see various patterns of black and white, sequin dresses - "To die for," one viewer said- and menswear inspired outfits. The off-site offered a fun change from the tents and a more casual, relaxed vibe. Did we mention there were free pastries? -- Melissa Kravitz

Susan Sarandon beats the cold

So how do the stars stay warm? In
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So how do the stars stay warm? In Susan Sarandon's case ( the actor turned up at Donna Karan's show swathed in the designer's black cashmere wrap and a sexy black dress) it's pretty simple. "I layer, I eat well and if that doesn't work I guess I'll need a flask of tequila." - Anne Bratskeir

Christina's feeling like a “Milian” bucks

We caught up with Christina Milian amid the
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We caught up with Christina Milian amid the NYFW mania.

"Oh my gosh, it’s crazy!" she said. "It’s so cold out, but the energy is so amazing."

The singer named Tommy Hilfiger as one of her favorite shows of the week so far, adding she can't wait to see Michael Costello. "And I was just at Naomi Campbell’s big benefit show, which was incredible," she added.

Milian, who has her own new clothing line, We Are Pop Culture, says fashion has always played a big role in her life. "Since childhood, when I would draw photos and sketches," she said. "I still have them even! I believe that fashion reflects music."

As for her new line, "It’s geared toward women, but it actually emulates menswear," Milian says. "It’s a combination of streetwear and sportswear, and it started online and now we are beginning to sell to shops." She's also working on a new single, "Rebel," set to drop in March. -- Will Mendelson

Victor Cruz on the mend

Tommy Hilfiger transformed the Park Avenue Armory into
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Tommy Hilfiger transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a football stadium (goal posts, field and even a jumbotron) on Monday morning so New York Giant Victor Cruz felt right at home. “With the football theme and all it seemed right,” said Cruz adding he had long been a Tommy fan.

Wearing a sharp, khaki-colored Hilfiger suit, the wide receiver who recently suffered a serious knee injury said, “Rehab is going well but I’m taking it one day at a time.”

As for his own style, he said, “I like to keep it simple but chic.” He definitely scored this day. – Anne Bratskeir

Alice and Olivia rocks the stage

It wasn't hard to tell that Alice and
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It wasn't hard to tell that Alice and Olivia's fall 2015 collection was inspired by old school London rock 'n' roll.

Full of glamorous furs, intricately beaded frocks and enough bejeweled accessories to make any fashionista faint, the looks were stage and red carpet ready.

While the clothes were fit for any rock goddess, the real stars were the boots: knee and thigh high pairs accented with studs and retro embroidery. I'll take one of everything please. -- Alison Bernicker

Vivica Fox is a Belieber

At Tracy Reese’s Sunday afternoon show downtown Vivica
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At Tracy Reese’s Sunday afternoon show downtown Vivica Fox caused a paparazzi stir in one of the designer’s frocks – black with embellishment at the shoulder – and a fur from Helen Yarmak to fend off the cold. “It’s freezing,” said the actress. “And it just keeps getting colder and colder.” But one thing warmed her heart on Valentine’s Day and it wasn’t a gift. “I met Justin Bieber,” she exclaimed happily. “He just came up to me and said, ‘Hey Vivica,' and we took a picture,” Fox said whipping out her phone to show it. "Now," she said, “I’m a Belieber.” -- Anne Bratskeir

Coloring outside the lines

Both DKNY and Yigal Azrouël went wild with
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Both DKNY and Yigal Azrouël went wild with eyeliner at their back-to-back shows on Sunday. DKNY's models had their eyes lined well outside the typical lashline, while Azrouël went with an extended cat-eye that circled back around to the brow bone. Beauty gurus took to Twitter to applaud the "young, fresh and hip" looks, and while we're not so sure, we can say we're definitely relieved not to have to stress over perfectly applying liner from here on out. -- Nina Ruggiero

Zendaya's makeover trick revealed

Zendaya looked downtown chic at DKNY's show on
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Zendaya looked downtown chic at DKNY's show on Sunday, in a bomber jacket and sneakers, but it was her super short hair that caught our attention, since the actress showed off long, sleek tresses just days before on the runway at the "Go Red for Women" show.

"Let's just say I have lots of hair at home," she said. "I like to switch it up. With short hair, you can do a lot more because it's not in your way. You can add accessories, you can go a little more overboard with everything else."

Following her own advice, the star paired her cropped 'do with mega bling earrings and plenty of rings, adding some glam to an otherwise casual look. "I get to be comfortable today, are you kidding me? I'm into it," she said. -- Nina Ruggiero

But first, let me take a selfie

Celebs are just like us: even they can't
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Celebs are just like us: even they can't resist taking a selfie when they're front row at New York Fashion Week. British soccer stud David Beckham took a minute to snap a family pic with daughter Harper, and sons Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz while attending wife Victoria Beckham's runway show. Also there to support the designer? Anna Wintour, who unfortunately didn't lean in for the shot. -- Alison Bernicker

Kendall goes goth

It's getting tougher and tougher to keep up
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It's getting tougher and tougher to keep up with Kendall Jenner. The reality TV personality turned high fashion model was hardly recognizable on the runway thanks to a goth makeover a la Alexander Wang Saturday night.

We may not have spotted her, but her front row cheering section-- including big sis Kim Kardashian, brother-in-law Kanye West and niece North West-- gave her away. Talk about a glam Valentine's Day family outing. -- Nina Ruggiero

The newest fashion policeman

E! Fashion Police newbie Brad Goreski is relishing
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E! Fashion Police newbie Brad Goreski is relishing his new gig with Kathy Griffin, Kelly Osbourne and Guiliana Rancic. “It feels great. We’re having the best time together and we’re getting naughtier and naughtier as the weeks go on. We’re really happy to be honoring Joan’s (Rivers) memory” said Goreski backstage at Christian Siriano.

As for the upcoming Academy Awards, Goreski’s one to watch is Emma Stone. “I’m happy for someone to surprise me, but I have high hopes for Emma who has consistently been great on the red carpet,” said Goreski. -- Anne Bratskeir

Pregnant-- and pretty

Supermodel Coco Rocha has been spotted here and
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Supermodel Coco Rocha has been spotted here and there during NYFW sporting designer duds and a really cute baby bump. Due in Spring– she is having a girl – Rocha is enjoying dressing the part.

“Some women like to hide their bump, but mine took awhile to show so now I want to style the bump,” said Rocha, who was wearing a checkered body-con dress by Christian Siriano and super high heels..no problem.

“If you can wear stilettos when you’re not pregnant, there’s no reason you can’t wear them when you are.” (Tell that to the ankles). Oh yeah, and she said, “I have more energy than I ever have had.” (Apparently, this supermodel is superhuman).

As far as names go, “I have five or six, but haven’t honed it down yet. I believe in seeing the person before you name her.” -- Anne Bratskeir

Jill Stuart's good 'Girls' gone bad

Renegade, poetic, thirsty, sultry, runaway: these are the
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Renegade, poetic, thirsty, sultry, runaway: these are the words Jill Stuart teased the crowd with at her Fall 2015 runway show; and she delivered.

Full of feminine pieces accented with leather, suede, and sparkle, the collection emanated a good girl gone bad (and way glam) kind of vibe.

Girls star Zosia Mamet attended front row, nodding in apparent approval. -- Alison Bernicker

Stop and stare at Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier decided to mix things up Friday
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Monique Lhuillier decided to mix things up Friday night. With the audience all seated on one side of the runway, models strutted down and around onto multilevel risers, striking poses in evening gowns rather than disappearing backstage.

Thirty-six models stood onstage to showcase the gowns before they walked up towards the audience and disappeared for the finale.

Lhuillier wanted her collection to juxtapose masculine and feminine, and juxtaposition embodied the entire show. Gowns in jewel tones and shades of black were definitely inspiring for a New York night on the town, though walking the subway steps may not be as glamorous as a quad level catwalk. -- Melissa Kravitz

Kate Spade gets cozy

The opening line to Kate Spade's program said
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The opening line to Kate Spade's program said it all: "As the temperatures drop, our craving for indulgence rises."

Friday was frigid, and Kate Spade was serving the dose of cozy we were craving. Plush plaid coats and wool accessories had us dreaming of snuggling up, and hot pink cocktail dresses, paired with bejeweled heels and cheeky clutches, kept the fire roaring.

-- Nina Ruggiero

That '70s show

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"Bang her!" a hairstylist said backstage at Rebecca Minkoff Friday afternoon. He was, of course, referring to the '70s style fringe weaves added to models' hair. The designer said that she was inspired after reading Patti Smith's memoir "Just Kids" and wanted to evoke a bohemian New York of the '70s in her collection. Plenty of fringe, leather, patterned fishnets and embroidered patterns secured the throwback to an earlier time. Rebecca Minkoff's runway show was packed with big fashion names, including Man Repeller and plenty of former supermodels. Models walked in a looped runway while a live band performed the music. Minkoff said she wanted city women to feel like they could hang out with Janice [Joplin] or Jimi [Hendrix] in her fall collection. -- Melissa Kravitz

All about accessories

Gloves, scarves, ear warmers: those are the kind
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Gloves, scarves, ear warmers: those are the kind of accessories you'd expect in these totally frigid temps, unless of course you're at New York Fashion Week. Street style mavens ditched cold-weather wear for creative add-ons like brightly-colored nose rings, crystal-studded bike helmets and feather-capped top hats. And the trend didn't stop at the streets. On the runway at Wes Gordon, models rocked Swarovski-covered bandanas. Head to amny.com/nyfw to check out some of the craziest accessories spotted so far.

Fab in fur at Jason Wu

It may be icy cold outside, but that
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It may be icy cold outside, but that doesn't bother Jason Wu none. On his runway, models glided by in elegant dresses flashing more than a glimpse of skin--skirts slit high, dresses dropped low in back, emphasizing long lean lines for the statuesque shoppers out there. No wonder Michelle Obama's a fan. LBD lovers have their pick--his are chic wool numbers with lacy mesh panels. And that black jumpsuit with fur wrap? Just tuck one end of the fur inside your belt and you're good to go. -- Joseph V. Amodio

For more show reviews head to amny.com/nyfw

Kanye West shows Adidas collection, North West not impressed

Adidas x Kanye West brought a star-studded crowd
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Adidas x Kanye West brought a star-studded crowd to Thursday afternoon's show. Wife Kim Kardashian West had North West on her lap while Anna Wintour sat next to mother and daughter. Apparently Wintour's baby voice is less than soothing (who saw that coming?) because little Nori was spotted bawling for much of the event.

To Kim's right, Beyonce and Jay Z watched the sportswear hit the runway and probably thanked their blessings for having left Blue Ivy at home.

To add to the excitement, Kanye debuted a new song, 'Wolves,' recorded with Sia and Vic Mensa, for the show's soundtrack.

Rihanna, meanwhile, tweeted all the action. We'd like to see any other NYFW front row try to top this one. -- Melissa Kravitz

Jamie Brewer proves she's model material on and off the runway

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"American Horror Story" actress Jamie Brewer strutted her stuff in a custom-made Carrie Hammer getup at the designer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" show Thursday, becoming the first model with Down Syndrome to walk a New York Fashion Week runway.

Brewer glowed in red lipstick and a black, A-line skirt, but it was her positive attitude that really made her shine. "It's a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are," she told Today. -- Nina Ruggiero

Kesha takes it downtown

Pop star Kesha looked downright downtown at Tadashi
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Pop star Kesha looked downright downtown at Tadashi Shoji’s afternoon show at the tents where she threw a moto jacket over one of the designers frothy gowns and wore her hair in a messy pony along with some thick, round black glasses. The singer was excited by Shoji’s take on her get-up.

“He said, this is exactly how this gown should be worn. That’s a pretty big compliment coming from the designer,” said Kesha.

And the singer happily ‘fessed up to some of her favorite scents which include, “the ocean.” As for the scent that’s most evocative to her, well, that would be “Old Spice deodorant. It reminds me of my first boyfriend.” -- Anne Bratskeir

Pete Wentz says blondes don't necessarily have more fun

It wasn't a stretch for Fall Out Boy
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It wasn't a stretch for Fall Out Boy Pete Wenz to make Nicholas K's early -- by ashion standards -- 9 a.m. show at the tents at Lincoln Center Thursday morning. "I've got a six year old and a six month old, so all it means is that I don't have be up at 6:30 a.m. making chocolate chip pancakes," said the band's bassist, who was incidentally dressed head to toe in the designer's duds including a moto jacket.

Of his four month old super blonde 'do, Wenz said, "I'm going to be blunt with you. I do not like the upkeep. It's insane. I give credit to anybody who can keep up with it."

As for the rest of the week, Wenz may go to a show or two, but he's confirmed for the All Star game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. -- Anne Bratskeir

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Fluffy, frosty snowflakes fell down on Lincoln Center
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Fluffy, frosty snowflakes fell down on Lincoln Center Thursday afternoon, catching much of the bare-legged, stiletto-wearing crowd off-guard.

But inside the tents, BCBGMAXAZRIA models were cozy as ever on the runway in chunky sweaters, fur booties and plenty of printed layers. You can dream about these styles, and more of today's hottest looks, while reading our team's show reviews at amny.com/nyfw. -- Melissa Kravitz

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