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Opposites attract at NY Fashion Week

 Fashion from the BCBG Maxazria Spring 2011 collection is modeled, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)...

Fashion BCBG Spring 2011

Fashion from the BCBG Maxazria Spring 2011 collection is modeled, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)...

At Fashion Week as in life, opposites attract.
A yin-yang theme emerged on Friday on the second day of New York Fashion Week as designers turned to a harmonious blend of opposites.
At Rag & Bone, that meant mixing delicate, pretty pieces with the hard-edged style of an adventurer. Jason Wu mixed tailored, conservative suits with underpinnings that were sheer and sexy. Daniel Vosovic, the "Project Runway" alum, went for country influences presented in an urban way.
And in one of the odder yin-yang moments so far, daytime queen Ellen DeGeneres walked the runway for nightlife king Richie Rich.
Later Friday, just about everyone with his or her name on a label planned to fan out all over the city for Fashion's Night Out, a shopping event that aims to court consumers with personal appearances from designers and celebrities, champagne and snacks, and games such as ping-pong and poker.
Enough with the tough-girl or buttoned-up stuff: The Rag & Bone woman is ready for an adventure.
You have to hope, though, that when she's skydiving or Bungee-jumping, she'll pull the right ripcord and not have her parachute pants fall down. Don't worry, these aren't the too-baggy '80s parachutes _ they were inspired by the real deal, with rugged zippers, straps and lace-up details.
But for the yin yang that is emerging as a must-have, designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville offered crafty macrame looks, in colorful prints and luxe camel, that perhaps would be the souvenirs for their globe-trotting muse.
The palette was rooted in white, though, another popular trend during the second day of previews.
There were touches of glamour here, too _ good for a girl's night life. A gauze, mint-colored shirt was paired with silver trousers, and a sand-colored suede top was worn with a silver lame skirt that had an opposites-attract white eyelet hemline.
Max Azria did some spring cleaning on his runway.
With no bells and whistles, the lingering look of the spring collection came from the little bit of flounce that trailed behind the models in loose white- and sand-colored minidresses and jumpsuits.
The silhouettes were airy and ethereal. Who couldn't use a little linen dress with a bit of embroidery that could be the key piece of a weekend-getaway wardrobe?
The one potential stumbling block for many of the pieces was the super-short length. Presumably, when they hit stores, that will be adjusted, but for the likes of model Coco Rocha and actress Ashlee Simpson _ both in the front row _ the fingertip-length dresses would be cute.
Easier for mere mortals might be the maxi dresses, including the white silk seersucker dress with a plunging V on both the front and back that opened the show.
Richie Rich brought out the ballerinas and a bit of raunch, with Ellen DeGeneres thrown in.
Dancers in tulle dresses, including one playing the violin, opened the show Thursday night, accompanied by a woman acting the DJ with headphones and a turntable.
One model wore a yellow and hot pink dress with a large hot pink bow in the front. Another was dressed in a strapless hot pink stretch satin frock with ruffles. One model wore a garment that showed his bare behind. Other men were dressed in leather jackets and short-shorts, walking the runway with female models in bikinis.
DeGeneres closed the show in a silver and blue suit, strutting with Richie Rich as confetti rained down.

Updated : 2021-05-11 11:56 GMT+08:00