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3 fashion shows in 90 seconds: Luxe looks from Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci & Reem Acra


Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Carolina Herrera, color-block dress
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Carolina Herrera, cream dress
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, Chado Ralph Rucci, sheer pants
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Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Chado Ralph Rucci, September 2012, Look 33
Photo by © Dan & Corina Lecca
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Chado Ralph Rucci, September 2012, Look 27
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Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Chado Ralph Rucci, September 2012, Look 14
Photo by © Dan & Corina Lecca
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, Chado Ralph Rucci, black gown, bright layers
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Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Reem Acra, iridescent gown
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Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, Reem Acra, white shift
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

The spring/summer 2013 styles at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week fall into two broad categories: Bling-worthy creations and those that may not be quite as flashy but still turn heads. In a series of "Fashion shows in 90 seconds" over the next few days, we present some of the week's hottest looks in both categories.

Shown here: Gowns galore at Reem Acra

Carolina Herrera

The look: Herrera's nice and easy collection is soft and fluid, with fabrics like chiffon, organza, twill and tulle that move easily. Narrow shoulders and a slightly higher waist accentuate the body. It's a collection for the well-heeled woman who wants to look polished and perfectly attired.

Front row favorite: With slicked-back hair and a sleeveless orange dress that showed off her well-toned arms, actress/dancer Julianne Hough sat in the Harper's Bazaar section, next to editor Glenda Bailey.

Watch out: I almost got mowed down by Ivanka Trump, who was in a big hurry to leave the show until she saw influential New York Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn, whom she schmoozed all the way out of the exit.

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Herrera led off the collection with a color blocked wool crepe dress.

 

Carolina Hererra one shoulder gown in orange, a big color for spring 2013. 

A lace version in orange

A sporty look, also in Herrera's favorite color of the season.

Herrera often features long skirts for the woman who feels more comfortable in two-piece evening attire.

Herrera also showcased abstract prints.

While Herrera's collection was relatively low-key, she did go for a little bling.

Herrera closed her show with a sedate pearl pink embroidered dress.

Chado Ralph Rucci

The look: No American designer can make a garment like Ralph Rucci, whose couture craftsmanship is unsurpassed. Rucci's customary equisite tailoring was on display in his spring collection with a lightness of spirit missing in some previous efforts.

Rucci is a mercurial designer and when he is happy, it shows in his designs. He punctuated this collection with splashes of hot pink and bold yellow and the pace of the show was brisk. With a new CEO, Jeffry Aronsson, on hand to take care of business, Rucci seems unleashed to concentrate on what he does best: Make beautiful clothes.

Front row favorites: Martha Stewart, a big fan of Rucci's, was in her customary place at his show, but photographers ignored her in favor of 81-year-old model Carmen Dell'Orefice, who knows how to mug graciously for the cameras.

Rucci went for bold colors in his spring collection.

A hot pink jacket from Chado Ralph Rucci makes a statement.

Rucci also showcased bright yellow for the woman with a sunny disposition.

A black gown from Chado Ralph Rucci shows its playful side with colorful underpinnings.

Reem Acra

The look: Acra interpreted artist Aaron Young's famous series of motorcycle-inspired works with laser cut leather fabrics and bold colors. But she didn't neglect the glittery evening gowns that have made her reputation as a red-carpet favorite.

Front row favorite: A slim 'n trim Paula Abdul slipped in just before the show started.

 

For daytime, Acra led off with an ivory silk crepe dress with motorcycle tread mark laser cut detail.

A Reem Acra gold column gown with silver embellishment

Acra has models coming and going in sleek gowns.

An Oscar-worthy candidate for the red carpet.

In detail: Acra's red chiffon gown with embroidered underskirt.

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