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BARBIE®: The Dream Closet @ Lincoln Center

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC

The world went all pink for just a moment in a very crowded party celebrating "The World's Most Fashionable Doll Opens The Pink Doors to her Coveted Closet."

Upstairs...six models posed in vintage Barbie® looks with fashions on loan from the Albright Fashion Library-including Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta and Chloe.

Downstairs, oversized dressing room on one side held Barbie® dolls galore...and gobs of grown-up gals lined up to have their pics taken in an assortment of iconic career-to couture looks, superimposed on-thanks to the wonders of virtual reality.

360 pairs of pink-heeled pumps lined one wall, champagne flowed everywhere, and there was 8 foot custom-sculpted, live floral pink poodle an pink heel sculptures. A pity "they" only left  this installation up over the weekend...for a online take on Barbie's Dream Closet...check out

NAUTICA FALL 2012 Presentation

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Nautica chose a restaurant (Ed's Chowder House) near to Lincoln Center -for its nautically inspired (" the iconic watermen of the AMerican northeast coast: Sailmakers, Dockhands, Admirals, and Coastal Prepsters).... collection of terrific updated classics for an outdoors guy ready to set sail...or not.

Let's just say we were glad there wasn't a fire drill...leading to some stampede nightmare...AND we always prefer a presentation- but it was tough to linger and admire the apparel...let alone the models.

Inspiration though, for designer Chris Cox was wonderfully rendered however-it was obvious even in a NEW YORK minute---with autumnal/winter fabrics like corduroy, sturdy wools and knits...and tech fabrics that stand up to the weather-like waxed cotton and ripstop nylon...all tailored handsomely.

The models were grouped by task in a matter of speaking-begnning with the sailmakers...but of course, the versa…

Katya Leonovich FALL 2012 Presentation@Lincoln Center

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard

Katya Leonovich showed a modern  collection for urban gals-with a decidedly geometric silhouette-conjured up with mixed shimmery metallic fabrics/textiles like silk and more substantive ones- python and leather...softened up with lush painterly prints-a signature Fall 2012 runway staple for several collections.

We weren't familiar with the Russian native designer...but she has earned top prize at several design competitions- like the Mittelmodal Prize, the Smirnoff International Competition, and Supima's Inaugural Competition for emerging designers

Prints were riotous splashes of sky blue turquoise, purple, lilac, and pink colors-that we thought were the highlights...especially when fashioned into feminine pictured below.