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    Sally LaPointe Keeps It Modern

    Sally LaPointe is a name you might want to get used to hearing, and not just because The Man Repeller has practically become president of its fan club overnight. It's not just any designer that'll send a collection down the runway to a soundtrack shouting "quietly fucked, quietly calm" — and if that doesn't clue you in to just how spot-on Sally's creative tastes are, her drop-dead, chic new collection is. From the bizarre experience she had at a Paul Simon show that'll bring you back to the days of Footloose to what she's got to say about Nick Cave and her favorite new jam, here's what else is going down in Sally's brainscape — besides dreaming up the next round of garments, of course. Tell me about the music you chose for this season's collection. I wanted something minimal, modern, something that the audience would feel. My inspiration was a play on man vs.

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    Die Antwoord Steal the Show at Alexander Wang

    When it comes to the runway, we usually like to leave it to the pros. Celebrity appearances can feel gimmicky and do serious damage to a designer's street cred. But leave it to Alex Wang to be the exception to the rule. Its shows are always the spot to rub elbows with the coolest of cool, and this year, the darling of the New York scene took it up a notch by inviting Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Ninja of Die Antwoord to sit front row at its spring '13 show. If anyone on this earth can pull off a face mask, it's definitely Yo-Landi. Actually, they're sort of the perfect models for Alex Wang's dirty-edgy-too-cool-for-school aesthetic. This isn't the first time they've teamed up with the designer — remember this video? Love 'em or hate 'em, this crazy duo just refuses to go away, and as far as we're concerned, that's just fine.

  • Is Mandy Moore Fashion Week's Surprise Style Star?

    Is Mandy Moore Fashion Week's Surprise Style Star?

    Don't judge us, but the A Walk To Remember soundtrack might just be on our Spotify playlists. Slash we might be some of the only ones who loved "In My Pocket." And, don't even get us started on Saved. The common thread here? One-time Britney Spears rival/sometimes actress/former designer/Ryan Adams-spouse, Mandy Moore, who might not have charted as high as ex-Mickey Mouse Clubbers, but somehow navigated adulthood with a lot more class. Soft spot for Moore intact, we were pleasantly surprised to see the actress making the Fashion Week rounds, and even more surprised to see our fave Neutrogena girl earning some serious style cred.

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    Yigal Azrouel Shines With A Razor-Sharp Spring '13 Collection

    Most people fumble their way through sewing on a first button, learn to do their hair from a YouTube tutorial, or Rosetta Stone the crap out of Italian a few months before a trip to Rome. Yigal Azrouël, on the other hand, is a completely self-taught fashion designer, and a killer one at that. With a knack for fabric draping — in non-fashion terms, that's like being a natural at multivariable calculus — the Israeli-born, French-Moroccan designer has been all business since his first Fashion Week back in 2000. Only makes sense, then, that for this season's architecture-influenced collection, he'd stay true to his roots and focus on natural elements. Unchanging, indeed. Waterfalls and Mother Earth-made rock formations lead to capes, crochets, and a whole group of hoods in navy, sand, and other Grand Canyon-style colors. Nunnery chic? Possibly.

  • Mara Hoffman

    Mara Hoffman Shakes It Down With Ukuleles For Spring '13

    For a designer known for colorful swimsuits, statement-making dresses, and boldly beautiful prints, you'd never expect Mara Hoffman to send well-dressed models down the runway to anything slow and snoozy. But, even as a Fashion Week vet, who has previously had a live mariachi band soundtracking her presentation (yeah, we were impressed, too!), editors, attendees, and beyond were floored when Mara channeled Hawaii in New York with rollicking waves, steel-drum samples, and — surprise! — a trio of live, ukulele-playing musicians. Mara spilled on how she pulled off the live show, her unintended office adoration for Akon, and the Michael Jackson concert she attended and was less than stirred by.

  • Alan Eckstein, and the duo behind Timo Weiland

    Runway Tunes: Timo Weiland Gets Vocal About Hip-Hop

    Jack and Lazaro. Kate and Laura. Karl and Choupette. Two is often better than one when it comes to fashion design, and if you needed another case of stylish proof, just turn to this perfect pairing. Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland, the cofounders behind the brand, hit it off when they met while interning in the fashion industry. Their mutual love for stand-out dressing paid off, too, as their collections are among the most colorful and attention-grabbing that hit the runway each season, and one we'd (totally) have our red carpet moment in. With one nabbing a minor in vocal performance back in college and the other head-over-heels in love with jazz, it's no surprise that both of the boys are nuts about music. But Alan? If Timo's at marrying-Kevin-Federline on the Britney Scale of Crazy, Alan is full-blown, shaved-head, car-destroying Brit Brit, in the best way possible.

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    Watch: Whitney Port Visits BCBG Max Azria's Backstage And Richard Chai's Presentation

    The lovely Whitney Port, creator of Whitney Eve, isn’t just another designer presenting at New York Fashion Week — she’s a full-fledged celeb who has to field interviews, fan encounters, and a busy social schedule, too. Here she is as she kicks off her NYFW frenzy, starting with an a.m. trip to BCBG Max Azria’s backstage and front row before darting into Richard Chai’s presentation. The madness begins!

  • Michael Bastian

    Take a Seat: Michael Bastian Shows Off His Musical Inspiration

    Michael Bastian makes some of the snazziest menswear around, but between those debonair looks he sends sauntering down the runway, the designer's got a soft spot for Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates, and this season's soundtrack of neo-disco jams. The former men's fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman launched his line back in 2006 after noticing a gap in the men's designer world, and wound up becoming the perfect person to fill it. Since then, well, he's been named Menswear Designer of The Year by the CFDA, collaborated with GANT, and has racked up a laundry list of prestigious stores around the world that stock his designs. Right career choice? Yeah, we think so. Find out what four songs influenced Michael's most recent collection and the Fleetwood Mac cover he thinks you should download right this very instant.

  • A Fashion-Themed Playlist To Get You In The Mood To Strut

    A Fashion-Themed Playlist To Get You In The Mood To Strut

    A Fashion Week without music would be like a new car with an empty tank — while it may be beautiful, it has nothing to get it going. The soundtracks of Fashion Week fuel runway shows and drive the parties, and the musicians, in turn, have been inspired from designers for decades before Kanye uttered his first "Givenchy." So while we've seen an explosion in fashion references across pop and hip-hop as of late, the world of haute couture has been linked to music since Coco Chanel's rumored affair with Igor Stravinsky way back in 1913. For Spring '13, we rounded up a few of our favorite fashion-related tracks on Spotify — from new singles to old classics. (Got Spotify? Access the playlist here or stream it below.) By Nathan Reese

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    Peep Wynter Gordon's Anything-But-Basic Style

    Wynter Gordon may not be a household name just yet, but she certainly is a household sound. Having written songs for Mary J. Blige, Flo Rida, Jennifer Lopez, David Guetta, and Estelle — as well as provided vocals for tracks by Major Lazer and Steve Aoki &8212; Wynter is now breaking out on her own. After releasing her first solo record, With The Music I Die, last year, Wynter is embarking on a more intimate and artistically daring new direction. Her current project, The Human Condition, is a series of four conceptual EPs about exactly that. Each EP pertains to a specific emotion, with the first EP, Doleo (released in July) exploring the idea of pain, and the soon-to-be released Furor dealing with anger. According to Wynter, two more EPs will be added to the series in the coming months.

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