What was Hot on the Runway?

Check out the up-to-the-minute shots of what New York's best designers are showing at Fall '09 Fashion Week. By Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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ISAAC MIZRAHI

ISAAC MIZRAHI
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The designer showed a collection chock-full of bright colors, bold patterns and whimsical headgear, like this purse-inspired hat.

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ZAC POSEN

ZAC POSEN
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What recession? The star favorite sent out a runway filled with luxe metallic gowns and slinky satins – with lavish details like crystal-studded tights, ornate headbands and butterfly-adorned fur muffs.

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BRIAN REYES

BRIAN REYES
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With pal and supporter Rachel Bilson in the front row, the young designer offered a collection of delicately ruffled dresses, well-cut coats and soft marbleized prints at his Gilt Groupe-sponsored show at Bryant Park.

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CALVIN KLEIN

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Creative director Francisco Costa showcased two of the season’s emerging trends – sharp black dresses and neon brights, like this chartreuse.

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MICHAEL KORS

MICHAEL KORS
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The Project Runway judge made it work at his day job, turning out a collection of neon brights, luxe furs and ladylike dresses.

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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Oscar is keeping the ladies-who-lunch happy with his collection of sleek suits, jewel-toned sheaths and gala-worthy gowns.

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MARCHESA

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Oscar gown alert! Designer Georgina Chapman sent out a confection of a collection filled with ballet-inspired clouds of organza, ribbon and lace perfect for red-carpet wear.

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PROENZA SCHOULER

PROENZA SCHOULER
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The downtown designer darlings concocted a tough collection filled with intricate paneling, sexy satin and sharp-shouldered jackets.

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ANNA SUI

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The designer cited French author Marcel Proust as the inspiration for her vintage-feeling collection, filled with beading and fringe.

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM

3.1 PHILLIP LIM
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The designer upped the ante on his collection, adding in fur, heavy beading and subtle patterns to the mix. An added bonus for showgoers was the live performance of indie band Lissy Trullie.

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NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ
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Michelle Obama may add the sharply tailored sheaths from this collection to her wardrobe, but we’ll guess that she’ll skip the elongated cloches with eyeholes that punctuated the show.

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MATTHEW WILLIAMSON

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON
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Following his star-studded store opening, the designer sent out a collection filled with heavily beaded minidresses, long sequined gowns and ombré mohair coats.

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MAX AZRIA

MAX AZRIA
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The designer took a dark and gothic approach to fall, flooding the runway with tough black pieces that played with sheerness.

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BADGLEY MISCHKA

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The design duo is known for their red carpet-ready gowns, and this collection delivered a slew of slim satin gowns that are sure to please their legions of star fans.

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MARC BY MARC JACOBS

MARC BY MARC JACOBS
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Was Marc inspired by Gossip Girl? His secondary collection was filled with chic schoolgirl looks – think plaid coats, prim dresses and patterned tights.

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RODARTE

RODARTE
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Designed by Laura and Kate Mulleavy, the collection featured the sisters’ signature knitted details and ethereal dresses with tough leather leggings.

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DEREK LAM

DEREK LAM
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The young designer sent out a collection sure to please his young socialite clients, filled with jewel tones, draped dresses and luxe furs.

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MARC JACOBS

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Channeling the iconic N.Y.C. club scene of the ’80s, the designer sent out an upbeat collection filled with neon brights, slim dresses and over-the-top hair and makeup.

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DONNA KARAN

DONNA KARAN
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The designer did what she does best – flattering dresses and separates for a modern woman, alongside red-carpet-ready gowns.

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

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Shrinking violets need not apply for this daring fall collection, filled with swirling prints, heavy layering and fur hats.

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CAROLINA HERRERA

CAROLINA HERRERA
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The designer has already received accolades for her flawless collection of gowns, suits and cocktail dresses in black, purple and platinum.

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JILL STUART

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The always-feminine designer sent out an ethereal collection of chiffon frocks, pale florals and pastel heels.

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TRACY REESE

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The designer stuck to wearable pinstripes, flapper-inspired dress and autumnal prints.

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THAKOON

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Following his rise to recognition as a go-to for Michelle Obama, the young designer presented a bold collection filled with primary colors and dyed furs.

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CYNTHIA ROWLEY

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The designer sent out a moody collection of cutout dresses, inky tones and subdued metallics.

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DKNY

DKNY
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Donna Karan kept her secondary line bright and cheerful with florals, stripes and plaids – perfect for front row attendee Hilary Duff.

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HERVé LéGER BY MAX AZRIA

HERVé LéGER BY MAX AZRIA
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Adding a major dose of embellishment to the line’s signature bandage dresses, the designer upped the glam ante with beading, mirrored paillettes and sequins in a moody palette.

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JASON WU

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Fresh off designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, the young designer showed a feminine collection filled with delicate embroidery, retro silhouettes and bold jewelry.

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ALEXANDER WANG

ALEXANDER WANG
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With Sarah Jessica Parker perched in the front row, the 24-year-old designer sent out a collection of tough-girl chic, like this asymmetrical cocktail dress.

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LACOSTE

LACOSTE
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The preppy label took cues from downtown with its layers of knits over skinny bottoms, but kept the colors appropriate for the Gossip Girl set.

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RAG & BONE

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The downtown designer darlings turned out a sharp collection filled with inky tones, slim knits and tailored coats.

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NICOLE MILLER

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The American designer debuted a collection filled with short-and-sweet party dresses in tones of blue and black.

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REEM ACRA

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Stars flock to the Lebanese-born designer for her red-carpet-ready gowns, and her fall collection showcased dramatic draping, jewel tones and strapless silhouettes.

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