New York fashion shows carry on, unruffled by deep snow

Sat Feb 9, 2013 6:33pm EST
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Designers took fashion traveling through time in New York on Saturday, displaying looks evoking the past and future to crowds undeterred by deep snow that covered the city.

Ruffian, Lacoste and Porsche Design were three of the lines showing their fall and winter 2013 collections at New York Fashion Week, which brings more than 200,000 models, design experts and journalists to the city for the semi-annual extravaganza.

Attendance at Fashion Week, where many in the audience don stylish and often outlandish looks for the occasion, appeared little touched by the storm, which left a foot of snow overnight.

"I don't see it affecting it, except the outfits have gotten more interesting," said Adam Paige, a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz, which sponsors Fashion Week shows staged at New York's Lincoln Center.

"People have had to stretch their creativity," Paige said.

Ruffian kicked off with clothes that the designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais said were inspired by images of Sherlock Holmes, saloons, opium dens and the debauchery of New York's Bowery neighborhood, brought to life with rich silks, velvets and embroidery.

Ruffian showed chalk-striped blazers, tweed jackets and high-necked blouses, perked up with corsets and floral flounces. Eye-catching pieces were made of shimmering metallic boucle.

In keeping with the theme, many models wore deerstalker hats made familiar by Holmes, the fictional 19th century London detective.   Continued...

 
A model presents a creation from the Lacoste Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, in New York February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott