NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from its runway fashions to celebrity-packed events. Here's what some AP writers are seeing:

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from its runway fashions to celebrity-packed events. Here's what some AP writers are seeing:



Rosario Dawson would do anything for a good cause.

On Saturday, the actress was ready to walk the catwalk for Naomi Campbell's charity Fashion for Relief's latest cause — Ebola.

"These shoes are huge on me as I walk — they're like flip-flops. I'm sure, if I just don't face plant, I'll feel really really pleased," she said before the show.

When reminded of Campbell's famous fall during a 1993 Vivienne Westwood show, Dawson pointed out that since people will always remember that, she might as well take a dive to put Ebola on the map.

"If I'm going to do it, I'm glad I'm doing it and Ebola will be talked about and Fashion for Relief will be talked about because yes, I'll do anything for a good cause," she said

The fashion show, which took place during New York Fashion Week, featured Dawson and other celebrities who included Mary J. Blige, Michelle Rodriguez, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Rutherford, Nene Leaks, Quincy Brown and Toni Garrn. Campbell also hit the catwalk twice.

"I choose the people that I want to style, produce, put on a show, run a show, casting," Campbell said of Fashion for Relief. "I'm involved in every aspect actually. And most of all it's when your friends say they want to be there for you and want to help and want to walk and contribute with their time."

Their outfits, which will be auctioned off, were donated by various designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and Thom Browne.

The proceeds will go toward raising awareness about Ebola.

"Hunger Games" actor Jeffrey Wright, who's been deeply involved in the fight against the virus, introduced the show.

"Where we are now is that the case numbers have come down but we need to get down to zero. ... It's not charity," he said of Fashion for Relief. "An investment in their well-being is in our self-interest as well."

—Cristina Jaleru



Forget the traditional office wear. Banana Republic wants to be an edgy lifestyle brand.

The retailer, a division of Gap Inc., made its debut at New York Fashion Week, presenting its first full-fledged men's and women's collection.

"It's a great moment for Banana Republic," said creative director Marissa Webb at her packed fashion presentation in SoHo on Saturday. "We are a fashion company, and we belong with Fashion Week."

The collection featured oversized pea coats, ripped jeans, cowl neck sweaters and coats with cocoon silhouettes. There were also fun touches like fringe details and accessories including tights with racer-back details and handbags with sayings like "beautiful" and "Quote Me."

Webb, who came on board last April, brought J. Crew to New York Fashion Week when she was a designer and earlier this week presented her eponymous label, sold at upscale stores like Barneys.

—Anne D'Innocenzio



In fox fur and houndstooth, the luxury ready-to-wear golden boy evoked the dandies of the 18th century and the inner-circle "swans" of Truman Capote.

Would Gloria Vanderbilt, Babe Paley, Slim Keith, Lee Radziwill or Gloria Guinness feel right in his long, camel wool flannel coat with the flounce hem and outsized sapphire fur collar? How about the caramel houndstooth blazer with a single button?

Well, yeah. But they'd probably lose the white leather knee-high lace-up boots and see-through Chantilly lace blouses that accompanied some standout skirts and fur jackets.

The Paris-born Altuzarra launched his brand in New York in 2008. He brings his multicultural roots — Mom is Chinese-American and Dad is French Basque — to most collections, but this one tasted just a bit more like good 'ole apple pie.

There was a show of Tibetan sequin embroidery in '70s swingy chiffon dresses done in navy, burgundy and pale blue, along with a touch of delicate velvet. But it was his lush fur collars on coats, flippy hems on coats and skirts and feminine touches in lace, like a keyhole opening on blouses, that made the fall collection stand out from previous turns.

A range of women would enjoy Altuzarra's wool cable knit turtleneck sweater in a soft blue, and maybe even his black leather bomber jacket with a white shearling collar.

"The silhouette is anchored by longer, lean fluted skirts that dance around the body, and soft high-necked blouses," he said in his notes.

Many of his jackets were small-shouldered, allowing the exaggerated fur collars to speak.

Altuzarra was the Council of Fashion Designers of America's womenswear designer of 2012 and the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner the year before.

This time around he also offered his first handbag collection, "Notch." The hobo and saddlebag shapes sported braided tasseled straps and gold hardware.

—Leanne Italie



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