NY Fashion Week: Fanciful at Jason Wu, Betsey’s cartwheel – U.S. News & World Report

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their second day Friday.

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RUFFLES AND FRINGE — BUT UNDERSTATED — AT JASON WU

Ruffles can be flouncy and fanciful, but they can also be understated and sophisticated, as they were for Jason Wu at his Fashion Week runway show on Friday.

The designer — who’s famous for producing both of Michelle Obama’s inaugural gowns — went for muted colors like forest green, rust, and trusty old black, although he mixed it up with some bright fuchsia and shiny silver, too. The show had a mid-century feel, inspired by both furniture and photographs of the period.

Wu also favored fringe, as in his first garment down the runway — an elegant fringed coat in that deep forest green.

Backstage, Wu said he felt “very, very inspired” for this collection — by themes like mid-century furniture and the photographs of John Rawlings, a prominent fashion photographer who worked from the 1930s to the 1960s. “I wanted to kind of put that forward in a modern way through my (own) lenses,” he said.

Wu also noted that it was fun to be among the earlier shows at Fashion Week, which runs through Sept. 17.

“It’s always good to be one of the first to show,” he said. “I kind of feel like we kick the season off.”

Among Wu’s front-row fans on Friday: Actress Patina Miller, a Tony winner for “Pippin” who’s also featured in the CBS drama “Madam Secretary” and in the “Mockingjay” movies.

“I love that he just thinks of everything, you know?” said Miller, who was wearing a deep blue Wu creation. “It’s relaxed, it’s beautiful, but it’s always so chic and there’s sort of a simple quality to the stuff that’s really amazing, that I am drawn to. And I just think he gets it right.”

—Gina Abdy and Jocelyn Noveck

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SELENA AND CIARA AT POLO RALPH LAUREN

Selena Gomez and Ciara took in the air from the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel for Polo’s eclectic spring presentation that offers pops of bright color and dark-wash denim.

Models stood in clusters, some beside planted foliage sipping water, as the crowd moved around them. The singers were joined by up-and-comer Tinashe, who professed her love for denim.

“I definitely like a boyfriend jean, just relaxed, kind of fun. That’s when I feel super-confident, natural,” she said.

The brand’s new dark-wash jeans were joined at the presentation by bright green skinny pants, purple blazers and pink collar shirts. Others wore reds and the guys showed off classic looks in blue and tan blazers, and a bright pink pullover sweater.

Still other models were dressed in bold floral garden party dresses, with the same print carried over to a skinny pant for women. There were also dainty blue-and-white stripe button-down dresses paired with green and orange jackets.

Ralph Lauren said in a statement this Polo woman has a “sophisticated attitude, is well-bred, with a downtown edge.”

The season is “not just one look, but an eclectic mix” for spring, he added.

—Leanne Italie

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SPLITS AND SPARKLE AT BETSEY JOHNSON

Of course she did her signature cartwheel. Of course she landed in a split, rolled over on her back and lay splayed on the ground, just luxuriating in the applause.

Folks, she’s Betsey Johnson.

The 73-year-old designer with the signature blonde mop on her head was having her usual grand old time on Friday at New York Fashion Week — actually, perhaps even grander than usual — as she celebrated 50 years in fashion with a delightfully zany show heavy on sparkle, color, stripes, flounce and pizazz. Oh, and balloons: the show ended with all her models holding silver “50” balloons as they skipped around in a circle, Johnson among them.

In a backstage interview, Johnson said she was dedicating her show to her now 94-year-old dance teacher.

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