Published : 2012-09-10 16:16
Updated : 2012-09-10 16:26
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bikini season may be over, but this is no time to tone down the workout. Many of the styles on the runway at New York Fashion Week flash a bit of skin here or there: bare midriffs, cutout backs, keyhole necklines.
The silhouettes in spring previews that entered a fourth day Sunday aren't necessarily skin tight, but it's not a season of full-on floaty frocks, either.
``We've gone so far away from overt sexiness, but the reality is, sex sells. At some point the shopper wants to be sexy,'' said Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine. ``Illusion fabric on a shoulder or a little skin showing on a midriff gives you a hint without giving it all away.''
Victoria Beckham and DKNY continued the trend with bra-style tops, while many of Alexander Wang's looks were seemingly held together by fishing wire. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.
The Alexander Wang Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP-Yonhap News)
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The Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP-Yonhap News)
Victoria Beckham's show not only looks like her signature pulled-together, well-edited style, but it feels like her, too.
She's the thoughtful hostess with waiters offering morning juice to the crowd at the New York Public Library, but she keeps the guest list very tight. She's one of the biggest draws of the week, but there's no frenzy of paparazzi photographers. (Husband David Beckham, however, did take some photos from his seat.)
Beckham said she checks _ or doublechecks _ every look to make sure ``it looks good from every angle.''
The clothes for spring had a delicacy that she said was new for her this season, although the clothes remained substantial and structured. It was the touch of illusion lace, the lingerie bra top or hemline of pleated chiffon that took the edge off banded short skirts, zip-back sheaths and shirtdresses.
``I want to design what I want to wear,'' she said.
The DKNY Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP-Yonhap News)
What can stop traffic in always-bustling New York? Donna Karan in a taxicab-yellow raincoat.
Karan took her bow in the eye-catcher at Sunday's DKNY New York Fashion Week preview to the delight of the fashion insiders and to the passers-by on the street who could peek in the open doors to the Chelsea studio space.
She turned out a collection of mostly sporty looks featuring white perforated leather (think golf-glove material), camouflage prints, bathing suits-turned-bodysuits, bra tops and long neoprene dresses with mesh backs and sexy inserts. One of those dresses was in the same super-bright yellow that Karan wore.
DKNY is supposed to dress its customers every day and for every occasion, Karan said in a post-show interview: ``When I can wear the same thing as the girls on the runway, I've done my job.''