New York Fashion Week kicks off

Style hits and celebrity kisses help New York Fashion Week make it a weekend to remember

New York Fashion Week kicked off in style this weekend with a glittering round-up of showbiz parties, catwalk shows and a hell of a lot of rain.

With Hurricane Hanna (or Tropical Storm Hanna to give it its correct name) battering the East Coast, the city’s fashionistas had to rethink their footwear of choice on Saturday for shows which included Lacoste, Charlotte Ronson and Rock & Republic, not to mention what they planned to wear to the evening’s big A-list bash, Fashion Rocks.

Attracting an Oscar-worthy star turnout (Charlize Theron, Justin Timberlake, Leighton Meester, Rihanna, Duffy and more), you’d have thought the gossips here in New York City might have something better to talk about than Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s seating arrangement. You’d have thought wrong. The buzz today is all about her shocking seventh row seat. No wonder she left straight after JT and Beyoncé’s performances.

Sunday dawned bright, thank goodness, kicking off a parade of summer frocks and gladiator sandals (America’s fashion folk appear to be a season behind us Brits).

The morning’s big draw? Donna Karan’s 20th birthday celebrations for DKNY.

Eighties neons and colour block prints dominated a cool-as-they-come collection, which included an awe-inspiring 74 different looks, covering everything from boyfriend jackets and jumpsuits to sexy minidresses and nylon parkas.

There was more retro styling to come, courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg and Miss Sixty in the evening, who both gave a nod to the Seventies in their collections, albeit in very different ways.

At DVF, folk prints and knife-pleated chiffon dresses were accessorised with flower-child headbands, while at Miss Sixty neon pop art prints adorned sexy jumpsuits (already shaping up to be a key trend next season) and skimpy swimsuits.

Talking of sexy, if you’re in the business for something slinky next year, Herve Leger’s body-con minis, shown to a standing-room-only crowd at Bryant Park on Sunday, could be just the ticket.

Report from Carla Bevan in New York

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