What's Hot on the Fall 2008 Runway?

Check out the up-to-the-minute shots of what New York's best designers are showing at Fashion Week. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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ZAC POSEN

ZAC POSEN
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The designer delivers a typically theatrical collection filled with

ball gowns, ruffles and beading.

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RALPH LAUREN

RALPH LAUREN
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The all-American designer relies on prints – leopard, plaid, checks

– for a cozy and wearable collection.

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MARCHESA

MARCHESA
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With the models posing on pedestals like exquisite sculptures, attendees at

the Marchesa presentation got to check out the amazing gowns, delicate

beading and sumptuous fabrics up-close. No wonder Jennifer Lopez came to

check it out despite being nine months pregnant!

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VERA WANG

VERA WANG
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The designer may be best known for her frothy wedding gowns, but her fall

collection was heavy on loose shapes and a moody color scheme.

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TEMPERLEY LONDON

TEMPERLEY LONDON
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A favorite of Jennifer Garner and Heidi Klum, the British designer showed a

feminine collection heavy on red-carpet-worthy dresses.

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DEREK LAM

DEREK LAM
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The young designer stepped up his game with a collection that included

sculpted coats, Victorian references and lovely velvet gowns.

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3.1 PHILIP LIM

3.1 PHILIP LIM
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A favorite of It girls like Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger, the designer

showed a casually cool collection of mid-calf skirts, gold brocade and soft

knits.

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MILLY

MILLY
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Designer Milly Smith showed a typically exuberant collection filled with fun

party dresses and smart work outfits to a front row including Angie Harmon

and Aisha Tyler.

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MICHAEL KORS

MICHAEL KORS
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The Project Runway host returns to his day job as a world famous

designer with a sexy secretary look – complete with bookish glasses on

some models! His colorful day wear, luxe fur and sparkling evening wear

delighted his front row fans, including Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo and Debra

Messing.

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NANETTE LEPORE

NANETTE LEPORE
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The always-girly designer sent out sexy cocktail dresses, flattering

trousers and sparkling tops.

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ISAAC MIZRAHI

ISAAC MIZRAHI
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Sticking to his classic all-American style, the designer showed a small

collection of wearable separates and simply elegant dresses, like this

cantaloupe colored frock with bell sleeves.

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BADGLEY MISCHKA

BADGLEY MISCHKA
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The always glamorous designers sent out another red-carpet-worthy collection

of long sequined gowns, like this metallic and feathered stunner, and

shorter full-skirted day dresses.

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
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The designer amped up the sex appeal of his typically austere collections with soft fabrics and shots of vivid color, like this flippy orange dress.

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS

MARC BY MARC JACOBS
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Keeping to the youthful spirit of the line, the designer showed a collection filled with '80s references and vibrant colors to a crowd that included Fergie.

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
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The British designer stuck to his eclectic mix of patterns, bright colors, fur and layers – perfect for fans Sienna Miller and Thandie Newton.

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J. MENDEL

J. MENDEL
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The designer thrilled his sophisticated front row, including Brooke Shields

and Kim Raver, with his elegant and flowing evening gowns.

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TIBI

TIBI
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The look at Tibi was short and sweet with a dash of girly fun – like

this sparkling jumper over a bow-tied shirt.

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PROENZA SCHOULER

PROENZA SCHOULER
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The It-boy designers showed a strong collection of pleats, folds and

billowing bows to an appreciative audience including Amy Adams, Rihanna and

Brooke Shields.

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MAX AZRIA

MAX AZRIA
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The busy designer kept his eponymous line for his third show of the week,

concentrating on cozy knits, corset belts and origami pleated organza.

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PORTS 1961

PORTS 1961
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The line stuck to its retro sensibility with a jewel-toned palette, sleek

sheaths and tassel details.

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CAROLINA HERRERA

CAROLINA HERRERA
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The always-elegant designer showed a collection filled with Tyrolean

references, feathers, fur and sequins – like this lush evening gown

paired with a jaunty hat and rich fur.

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA

OSCAR DE LA RENTA
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The venerable designer gave his ladies just what they like – elegant

suits to lunch in and dazzling gowns for dancing the night away. Front row

fans like Angie Harmon were treated to dresses with painterly touches, like

this gold-flecked gown.

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JILL STUART

JILL STUART
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The downtown darling showed a moody collection of sexy satin and rich

brocades. Can't you picture Hilary Swank, who took in the show from the

front row, in this satin blouse and full skirt?

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PETER SOM

PETER SOM
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A favorite of Mandy Moore and Ginnifer Goodwin, who turned up at the show,

the California-bred designer delivered edgy takes on uptown chic. His

full-skirted dresses with asymmetrical necklines were a standout.

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HERVé LéGéR

HERVé LéGéR
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Max Azria debuts his sexy take on the line's iconic bandage dresses

in their first show at the Bryant Park tents. A star-studded front

row – including Mandy Moore, Sophia Bush, Joss Stone and Joy

Bryant – took in this show-stopping peach fantasy gown.

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HERVé LéGéR

HERVé LéGéR
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The show focused on body-conscious silhouettes and a dark jewel-toned

palette, with asymmetrical necklines and rosettes stepping up as

stand-out details. No wonder Mandy Moore praises the line for being

the "ultra sort of feminine sexy."

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TRACY REESE

TRACY REESE
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The always-feminine designer sent a collection of swirling, full-skirted

dresses and killer coats in blues, corals and greens.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
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The designer upped the glamour ante – perfect for her front-row fans

Molly Sims, Rose McGowan and Amy Smart – with bold patterns, bright

color and slinky silhouettes.

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DKNY

DKNY
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Donna Karan gives her secondary line an urban bohemian spin – think Sienna Miller – with bright patterns and easy silhouettes.

Her audience, including Susan Sarandon, definitely approved.

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LELA ROSE

LELA ROSE
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The Texan designer showed a lady-like collection of fitted dresses and chic coats, like this yellow one. Front row

fan Mariska Hargitay enthuses, "It's the one show I go to every year.

She never disappoints and I love wearing her clothes."

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SASS AND BIDE

SASS AND BIDE
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The Australian design team returns to Bryant Park with a riotous

collection of color mixes and combined patterns, like this punk-

victorian minidress and long coat combo. Long-time fan Nicky Hilton

turned up to see their "great pieces."

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SARI GUERON

SARI GUERON
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Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhall watched the parade of

sophisticated and feminine dresses made for red carpet appearances.

This green goddess gown was a standout among the jewel-toned frocks.

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NICOLE MILLER

NICOLE MILLER
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The always-wearable designer delivered bold evening gowns and city-

slick daywear, like this marigold coat.

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RAG & BONE

RAG & BONE
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The super-hip New York designers kept to their signature cool with an

inky palette of blue, black and gray – paired with slim pants,

fitted jackets and full-skirts.

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RAG & BONE

RAG & BONE
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Their always celeb-heavy front row featured Gisele Bundchen, Julianne

Moore, Ellen Pompeo and more for their downtown style, like this long

cardigan and two-tone shoes.

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LACOSTE

LACOSTE
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The preppy favorite took an Alpine detour with a sheepskin runway and

soft snowfall – and perfectly snuggly snow-bunny knits and boots.

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BABY PHAT

BABY PHAT
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Leave it to Kimora Lee Simmons to delight an audience filled with

famous friends – Tyra Banks! Star Jones! Djimon Hounsou! – with a bright and sexy collection with showstoppers like this

feathered skirt.

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ERIN FETHERSTON

ERIN FETHERSTON
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The up-and-coming designer delivered a dreamy collection of painterly

prints and floaty shapes to fans Anne Hathaway and Taylor Momsen.

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BCBG

BCBG
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Designer Max Azria packed his front row with stars like Sophia Bush and Ana Ortiz – but his runway took a softer view with a subdued color story and pleating. Figure-flattering dresses like this rose-colored belted one were a standout.

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YIGAL AZROUEL

YIGAL AZROUEL
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A designer favored by Kristen Bell and Mandy Moore, he showed a somber

palette of moody neutrals – like this flower-adorned dress.

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YIGAL AZROUEL

YIGAL AZROUEL
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The designer concentrated on craftsmanship for his Fall/Winter 2008

collection, giving looks like this blouson sage-green silk gown extra

polish.

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JASON WU

JASON WU
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The up-and-coming designer, loved by Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria,

carried his signature femininity into Fall with looks like this two-tone

ruched halter gown.

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RUBIN SINGER

RUBIN SINGER
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The Austrian-born designer showed a sexy collection with tie-dyed effects,

like this one-shouldered gown – perfect for such clients as Heidi Klum

and Iman.

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