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And more reports from the runways during Fashion Week

Fashion ShowsLincoln CenterCultureReem AcraCarolina Herrera

Diane Von Furstenberg

(Sunday at Lincoln Center)

Metallic birds hung above the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show, which was a precursor of things to come in this collection. It soared.

Von Furstenberg's collection of lightweight, flowy fabrics gave the models the appearance of fluttering down the runway like the birds.

First up was a fantastic color-blocked pants suit in navy, white and red. It was the first of numerous pants suits and separates.

Von Furstenberg also included a number of layered pieces. She took silk tunics, sheer, flowy blouses and embroidered dresses and paired them with skinny, flowy or Harem pants.

She went futuristic with a white shift dress with geometric cut outs along the neckline, and with numerous metallic offerings -- my favorites were a metallic rust colored vest and an aqua skirt.

She sassed up polka dots with a flowy navy and white pants suit number that included a matching sheer blouse.

Von Furstenberg ended her collection with a stunning sleeveless lime green dress that floated in the air as it trailed behind the model.

Carolina Herrera

(Monday at Lincoln Center)

Carolina Herrera showed why she was one of the best in the industry by delivering a flawless show that hit every note.

The show had celebrities: actress Julianne Hough ("Footloose") and tennis legend Boris Becker and top models Joan Smalls and Lindsey Wixson. Most importantly, Herrera shows also had opulent-looking clothes that are destined to drape the world's most fashionable women.

Herrera's ability to create a collection that offers a little something for everyone is why she excels. The collection included sophisticated, sleek red carpet-ready gowns, jacket dresses and simple separates -- all in lightweight fabrics. 

A number of pieces from Herrera's collection appeared to be painted with long brush strokes of color or adorned in patterns. The detailing was quite stunning -- as were the other notable additions: the stunning red brooch at the base of the neck, the embroidered aqua-gray belt that matched the embellished collar on a bishop sleeve blouse, the metallic orange patterns down the front of a sleeveless form-fitting gray dress. It was breathtaking.

Carlos Miele

(Monday at Lincoln Center)

Carlos Miele's show began with darkened lights that helped create a dramatic silhouette of a model fanning the train of her dress in the air. It set the tone for the rest of the collection, which featured garments with plenty of movement. The Brazilian designer also used an abundance of animal prints throughout the collection. His strapless yellow, white and black cheetah  and zebra print dress was special. He used the same color scheme for a zebra blouse that he paired with a black skirt and a leopard silk sleeveless blouse and flowy pants. Then he surprised us with a block of kelly green garments -- my favorite was a one-shoulder satin number with a flowy bottom. The collection was great. 

Reem Acra

(Monday at Lincoln Center)

Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with rave reviews of the Reem Acra collection -- and for good reason.

The detailing of the collection was exquisite. From the strapless white dress that was outlined in embroidered silver beading to a white dress adorned with a cluster of black and white flowers that she paired with a black and white patterned cape. Although the collection was dominated by black, white or beige hues, there were several pops of color. I loved the flowy red dress with silk shell and form-fitting lace under dress. The gowns were red-carpet worthy. A champagne beaded form-fitting gown with a plunging V neckline was special. So was the gown adorned with silver flowers. It's no wonder this designer has a celebrity following of some of Hollywood's best dressed stars -- Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Tory Burch

(Tuesday at Lincoln Center)

The Philadelphia native with a serious following surprised me. I've always enjoyed her purses, shoes and clothes. But there seemed to be a little something extra to her offerings this season. Maybe it was the small details -- like her use of fringe at the bottom of garments, or a metallic stripe or an unexpected pattern. Whatever it was, it worked. I think fans of the very wearable brand will be in for quite a treat when her clothes hit stores this spring.

Badgley Mischka

(Tuesday at Lincoln Center)

The designing duo definitely got the metallics memo -- infusing their line with a plethora of futuristic-looking fabric.

The results were stunning. Flared skirts, a cream jacket with a rust metallic lapel, even metallic pink stitched into a pink tweed jacket and dress. It was all perfect.

It was almost shocking that the problem with the collection came with their bread and butter --their gowns. It honestly sounds much worse than what it really was. Overall, they showed very strong gowns -- I have no doubt many will translate to red-carpet winners. But there were a number -- my count was three -- that felt prom-ish to me. (Insert the gasps here.) These gowns didn't have the sophisticated feel that the others in the collection possessed. To me they appeared to be too plain and cookie-cutter. There is no need for alarm. The show closed with strong gowns and the brand is alive and well. And there was plenty of fabulousness to make the collection an overall success. 

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