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Christy Turlington Burns, left, Helena Christensen and Gina Gershon attend the Edun collection on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Fashion Week: Designers defy matchy-matchy wisdom for the mix
First Published Sep 09 2013 10:27 am • Last Updated Sep 09 2013 10:46 am

New York • Most people are taught from a young age that they want their outfits to match.

Isn’t that why there are suits? And belts should complement shoes. And try to wear the same shades of black, right?

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The biggest group of offenders to the conventional wisdom, however, is probably fashion designers. In the styles they’ve been previewing at New York Fashion Week, which hit its midpoint Sunday, it’s been "juxtaposition" this and "opposite" that.

"It’s all in the mix: feminine with masculine, sexy and slouchy, tailored with sport, chic with street," according to notes for the DKNY show.

It was OK at Tracy Reese that a raffia lace dance skirt covered with circle patterns was worn with a floral cropped shirt, and a checkered backpack was strapped to a floral top.

Designers can do it well, sometimes, with years of experience mixing colors and patterns — and having confidence. And times have changed, too.

"There’s more freedom now to express yourself through your clothes than there was 20 years ago, 50 years ago. You can wear that full feminine skirt with the man’s shirt. Go ahead, take your cues from the runway," Reese said.

Kenneth Cole

Cole’s sporty Anorak and track jackets, hoodies and drawstring pants weren’t clothes to just throw on in the morning without care. The mix of snakeskin, calf-hair camo and leather elevated normally casual silhouettes.


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"The world is consumed with myriad points of view," Cole said in his notes. "And through ever-emerging technologies, our points of view can now be made available to everyone, everywhere."

That’s why he sent his models down the runway with their own mobile devices to snap the crowd.

Victoria Beckham

The tight ship Victoria Beckham seems to run at fashion week allowed her collection to sail smoothly down the runway.

For Beckham, there was no chaos or confusion. That goes for her small, insider-only show as well as the clothes she offers. She sticks to her vision: a chic, no-fuss approach to fashion.

Things were mostly black and white, and there was no adornment or embellishment.

It’s become the norm that David Beckham comes out a few moments before the show to shake a few hands, and then their toddler daughter Harper sits on his lap as the models go by.

Dkny

Twenty-five years in fashion is worth celebrating, and that’s what Donna Karan did Sunday at her DKNY show.

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