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New York Fashion Week: On the runway

Updated 12:13 PM ET, Fri February 14, 2014
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CNN Living will be on the scene (and backstage) as designers showcase their fall 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week from February 6-13. J. Mendel, under creative director Gilles Mendel, debuted his fall collection on the last day of Fashion Week. Zoran Milich for CNN
This look from J. Mendel played with jewel tones and geometric blocking. Zoran Milich for CNN
J. Mendel complemented this fall ensemble with a red, black and white color-blocked tote. Zoran Milich for CNN
J. Mendel's collection was a colorful parade of furs. Zoran Milich for CNN
J. Mendel used a boldly-dyed fur to accent a piece of color-blocked outerwear. Zoran Milich for CNN
Hernan Lander, a New York-based Dominican designer, also showed his collection on the last day of Fashion Week, February 13. Zoran Milich for CNN
Hernan Lander paired leather on leather to create edgy suiting for a model. Zoran Milich for CNN
Hernan Lander also added some edge with a backless, full-length dress. Zoran Milich for CNN
Designer Nanette Lepore kept to her bold color aesthetic during her fashion show on February 12. Zoran Milich for CNN
Lepore paired socks with ankle-strap heels for a cozy fall look. Zoran Milich for CNN
All of Lepore's looks were hand-crafted in New York. Zoran Milich for CNN
Nanette Lepore kept maroon suiting feminine with a tiger print belt. Zoran Milich for CNN
Nanette Lepore walks down the runway with her daughter, Violet, after showing her fall collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
Malaysian-born designer Zang Toi showed his fall collection on February 12. He opened up the show with a series of tailored, gray plaid pieces. Zoran Milich for CNN
Later in the show, he upped the flashy factor by incorporating Kelly green into gowns, bowties and even updos. Zoran Milich for CNN
Zang Toi was one of many designers that played with a cape silhouette, as seen here, during this New York Fashion Week. Zoran Milich for CNN
After the last outfit, Zang Toi took his turn down the runway with the green-haired model. Zoran Milich for CNN
For a flashy finish, Zang Toi paired a sleek, black silk gown with a Kelly green-lined, full-length cape coat. Zoran Milich for CNN
Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco of KAUFMANFRANCO showed their sophisticated fall collection on February 12. Zoran Milich for CNN
A model walked graced the runway in a little black dress with an edgy open back. Zoran Milich for CNN
A bare-legged model rocked a cozy coat down the runway. Zoran Milich for CNN
KAUFMANFRANCO debuted a metallic cocktail dress as part of their fall 2014 collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
Interesting cutouts were featured throughout the label's fall collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
The designers also played with metallic hues in their floor-length gowns. Zoran Milich for CNN
Betsey Johnson, who is 71 years old, showed her "Betsey's Hot" collection on February 12. Fittingly, she came out with firefighters (and her granddaughters!) at the end of the show. Zoran Milich for CNN
Her exuberant collection was based on the film "American Hustle" and popstar Rihanna. Zoran Milich for CNN
Keeping with the red-hot theme, Betsey Johnson worked with bright hues throughout her fall collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
Sexy silhouettes accented by fur, leopard print and sparkles ruled the runway. Zoran Milich for CNN
No models were harmed in the making of this photograph! There was a tense moment when one model slipped on the Betsey Johnson runway. Luckily, she recovered her fall just in time. Zoran Milich for CNN
Betsey Johnson played with texture by lining a black skirt with tulle and crocheting a red mesh top. Zoran Milich for CNN
During the final walk, the models wore matching outfits and carried heart balloons. Betsey's show, season after season, has a party atmosphere. Zoran Milich for CNN
Johnson Hartig, who designs under the Libertine name, debuted his fall collection on February 11. Models danced down the runway for the final walk. Zoran Milich for CNN
Faux bobs and bright colors added to quirky-cool vibe. Zoran Milich for CNN
Libertine used playful patterns all the way down to the tights. Zoran Milich for CNN
Libertine's collection also included menswear. Many of the jackets were embellished with skull-and-crossbones patches. Zoran Milich for CNN
Hartig painted a new image of the classic trench coat. Zoran Milich for CNN
Painted details were also shown on a suit. Zoran Milich for CNN
Socks were layered on top of tights for an extra layer of warmth -- and color! T-strap heels appeared in Libertine's show, and have been seen throughout many of the fall collections. Zoran Milich for CNN
Badgley Mischka, the line by duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka, debuted their fall collection on February 11 at Lincoln Center. Zoran Milich for CNN
Badgley Mischka's fall collection included both evening and everyday wear. Zoran Milich for CNN
Leopard print was used in many pieces of Badgley Mischka's fall collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
The Badgley Mischka show was not short on gold and sparkles. Zoran Milich for CNN
A heavy fabric, floral brocade gown was one of Badgley Mischka's stand-out looks. Zoran Milich for CNN
The Milly by Michelle Smith fall collection was inspired by "off-duty ballerinas." Zoran Milich for CNN
Fringe detailing, which is a big trend for fall 2014, was on display at the Milly show on February 10. Zoran Milich for CNN
The Milly collection also embodied plenty of shine. Zoran Milich for CNN
The fall collection also juxtaposed daytime and nighttime looks for an easy transition from work day to date night. Zoran Milich for CNN
Many of Michelle Smith's designs were clean and classic with an elongating silhouette. Zoran Milich for CNN
Michelle Smith paired a fur sweater with a flowing, pleated skirt for one of her looks. Zoran Milich for CNN
Designer Michelle Smith and her daughter came out to applause at the end of her fashion show on February 10. Zoran Milich for CNN
Mathieu Mirano opened up his February 10 show with a structured leather trench coat. Zoran Milich for CNN
Mathieu Mirano combined edgy, motorcycle-worthy pieces with feminine silhouettes. Zoran Milich for CNN
Mirano played with leather in many of his fall pieces. Zoran Milich for CNN
At just 22 years old, Mirano showcased his highly tailored pieces to the audience at Lincoln Center. Zoran Milich for CNN
Clean and sharp lines dominated Mirano's collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
Carolina Herrera played with chic, geometric prints during her show on February 10. Zoran Milich for CNN
At 75 years old, Herrera was still able to breathe new life into her iconic brand. The show attracted notable figures from the fashion and film world, including Tina Fey, Dita Von Teese and Anna Wintour. Zoran Milich for CNN
Karlie Kloss wore a fez down the runway for Carolina Herrera. Zoran Milich for CNN
Herrera incorporated highly architectural elements into the typical gown, like this cape-like silhouette. Zoran Milich for CNN
Herrera created a fall collection of abstract prints for women looking to make a statement. Zoran Milich for CNN
Vivienne Tam showed her collection on February 9. Here, the designer is seen fine-tuning details before her big show. Zoran Milich for CNN
The runway had a psychedelic backdrop at Vivienne Tam's show. Zoran Milich for CNN
Many of Tam's pieces, like this printed maxi dress, had a 70's silhouette. Zoran Milich for CNN
Vivienne Tam showcased her signature Eastern-inspired aesthetic with this intricately laced red dress. Zoran Milich for CNN
Vivienne Tam paired many of her digital prints with patterned tights. Zoran Milich for CNN
Among her prints inspired by cave murals in Dunhuang, China, Tam also played around with the fur accents for fall's chilly temperatures. Zoran Milich for CNN
Custo Barcelona, a line by brothers Custo and David Dalmau, showed its fall collection on February 9. Zoran Milich for CNN
Two-toned jackets and separates were a prominent theme in Custo Barcelona's show. Zoran Milich for CNN
Many of Custo Barcelona's looks also played with patchwork. Zoran Milich for CNN
Custo Barcelona is known for its graphic and colorful designs. Zoran Milich for CNN
Hues of neon pink were incorporated into many of Custo Barcelona's looks, like this one. Zoran Milich for CNN
A model wears the signature bandage dress during the Herve Leger by Max Azria show on February 8. All the models sported sleek ponytails with a streak of blue or coral. Zoran Milich for CNN
Herve Leger updated the brand's signature bodycon dresses with cut-outs and corsets. Zoran Milich for CNN
A model walks down the runway in a burst of orange at Herve Leger. Zoran Milich for CNN
Monique Lhuillier went modern and romantic during her show on February 8. She is best known for her gowns that are synonymous with red carpet style. Zoran Milich for CNN
Monique Lhuillier paired many of her looks with lace boots. Zoran Milich for CNN
Lhuillier incorporated fuschia tones into many of her pieces. Zoran Milich for CNN
Lhuillier said she researched Parisian couture techniques for this collection. Zoran Milich for CNN
Models do a rehearsal walk before the Jill Stuart show on February 8. Zoran Milich for CNN
A popular motif in Jill Stuart's collection was metallic polka dots (seen here on the dress and tights). Zoran Milich for CNN
Many of Jill Stuart's dresses, like these two seen here, featured intricate beading. Zoran Milich for CNN
Jill Stuart incorporated a few outerwear pieces into her collection, like this black wool coat. Zoran Milich for CNN
Jill Stuart also showcased a play on the classic leather pencil skirt. Zoran Milich for CNN
Jill Stuart's collection worked in a predominantly black-and-white palette with occasional maroon and dark blue pieces. Zoran Milich for CNN
Nicole Miller showed her fall collection of whimsical yet modern designs on Friday, February 7. Zoran Milich for CNN
On the runway, Nicole Miller mixed and matched plaid patterns with prints. Zoran Milich for CNN
Rebecca Minkoff sends a model down the runway in a slew of navy tones and a belted fur stole. Zoran Milich for CNN
Rebecca Minkoff is just as known for her apparel as her accessories. She debuted her fall collection on February 8 in front of celebrities like singer Carrie Underwood and actress Anna Kendrick. Zoran Milich for CNN
Rebecca Minkoff played around with luxe sweatshirts during her February 8 fashion show. Zoran Milich for CNN
Rebecca Minkoff paired tassled, two-tone leather booties with many of her looks. Zoran Milich for CNN
Rebecca Minkoff showed off her line of everyday, seemingly effortless pieces on the second day of the biannual event. Zoran Milich for CNN
Carmen Marc Valvo presented his collection of feminine pieces on the second day of the event. Zoran Milich for CNN
Models make their final walk at Carmen Marc Valvo. Zoran Milich for CNN
Daisy Fuentes and Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing sit front row at Carmen Marc Valvo's show. Other celebrities in attendance were Katie Couric and Vanessa Williams. Zoran Milich for CNN
Carmen Marc Valvo was inspired by "warrior women" as seen in this somewhat knightly piece. Zoran Milich for CNN
However, Carmen Marc Valvo still stayed true to his glamorous roots as seen in this red-orange sheath dress. Zoran Milich for CNN
This is only the second time Zimmermann (by Aussie sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann) has shown at New York Fashion Week, but statement pieces like this fluffy, powder blue number are quickly making them a mainstay. Zoran Milich for CNN
Zimmermann referred to their collection as "cloud stompers." Zoran Milich for CNN
Oversized coats were one of the many themes at Zimmermann's show on February 7. Zoran Milich for CNN
Menswear-inspired shoes, like these at Zimmermann, have been popping up all over the runways this season. Zoran Milich for CNN
Nautica shows its Black Sail collection for men on Friday, February 7. Luckily, it was warmer in Lincoln Center than it was outside in the frigid Northeastern temperatures. Zoran Milich for CNN
A model walks down the runway in leather pants for Nautica. Zoran Milich for CNN
Audience members in the front row look on as a model displays a look by Nautica. Zoran Milich for CNN
Nautica is known for its men's sportswear, like these ski goggles. Zoran Milich for CNN
Models at Nautica re-emerge on the runway to conclude the show. Zoran Milich for CNN
A model walks the runway in warm wool layers for Nautica. Zoran Milich for CNN
Marissa Webb, the former head designer for J. Crew, showed her own line on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Zoran Milich for CNN
The silhouette at Marissa Webb mostly paired layered, boxy tops with skinny pants. Zoran Milich for CNN
Marissa Webb played on proportions and shapes as seen in this detailing. Zoran Milich for CNN
Marissa Webb styled many coats with leather arm warmers to lengthen the sleeve. Zoran Milich for CNN
Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji sent lace and embroidered gowns down the runway like this red, long-sleeved number on February 6, 2014. Zoran Milich for CNN
Tadashi Shoji said his inspiration was the "beauty, romance, and mystery of the Alhambra Palace" in Granada, Spain. Zoran Milich for CNN
Tadashi Shoji sends a laser-cut cape down the runway. Zoran Milich for CNN
Instagram, and Twitter, and Facebook, oh my! The audience photographs the Richard Chai fashion show on February 6, 2014. Zoran Milich for CNN
Leather jackets, trench coats and unisex pieces were mainstays during Richard Chai's runway show at Lincoln Center. Zoran Milich for CNN