Celebrities centre stage at eclectic New York fashion shows

Celebrities centre stage at eclectic New York fashion shows

NEW YORK - Top designers pulled in celebrity guests and models on day four of New York Fashion Week Sunday, with highlights from Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan and Versus Versace.

British super model Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian's younger half-sister Kendall sashayed down the runway at von Furstenberg's French Riveria inspired 2015 spring/summer collection.

Gingham, already on view at Altuzarra on Saturday, made a re-appearance, fashioned by von Furstenberg in black and white, or blue, in cropped shorts, silk jersey dresses, poplin tops and on sandals and handbags.

Campbell closed the show. US "it" girl Paris Hilton and sister Nicki sat in the audience, as did actress Allison Williams from hit TV show "Girls" and Chirlane McCray, wife of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Campbell put in a second appearance at the celebrity-studded after party hosted by Donatella Versace to celebrate Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello's first runway show for the brand.

Donatella, 59, dressed in a little black dress embellished with gold safety pins from the catwalk, entertained Campbell, Barbadian superstar Rihanna and actress Jennifer Hudson.

Champagne flowed and candy stations dished out lollipops and chocolates, as paparazzi photographed Donatella's every move and burly bodyguards kept TV cameras from getting too close.

Black leather, gold safety pins

Vaccarello's high-energy show was a study in black and gold, white and silver, leather and meshing in the traditional Versace sexy, slinky, bling style.

The little black dress - a staple of any women's wardrobe - was the centrepiece, reworked in multiple ways: held together with gold safety pins, slashed at the crotch, slashed at one thigh or given a mesh train.

There were sharp black jackets with military-style gold buttons, and gold buckles on wide black belts and black stilettos.

Black gowns were cut deep at the chest and held up by the thinnest of gold metal coils and a black leather miniskirt with gold buttons down the front.

Gold also played a starring role in the form of a gold leather miniskirt with gold safety pins to one side, and a gold blazer paired with tight black trousers.

For men, there was a black leather shirt with gold buttons. Besides the preponderance of black, there were shirts, trousers, miniskirts and bomber jackets in white with black geometric patterns.

Earlier, Karan's DKNY line was one of infinite colour and texture encapsulating modern classics, sports elements and playful geometry in "a sexy mix of street and chic."

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