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Seven Days of Spring Fashion

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New York's semiannual Fashion Week turns a city already known for its style into a place bursting with six-foot-tall beauties, buyers from around the country, and celebrities there to see and be seen.

Held in Manhattan in both the spring and fall, Fashion Week's primary function is for American designers to show off their latest collections. But with only seven days and roughly 150 labels -- everyone from well-known brands such as Diesel to famous designers such as Vera Wang -- strutting their stuff on the runway, fashionistas often find themselves running too, dashing from show to show.

Each show features about 25 models, many of whom do more than one show a day. Before the show, models have to be fitted; matching shoes are added to complete the outfits; a makeup concept is created; and music is chosen. A fashion show can take weeks and months to prepare but is typically over in 10 minutes. As they say, fashion moves in the blink of an eye.

Even though most of the runways in Memphis are used by FedEx and Northwest, we put several local retailers through the paces. We found that orange and teal, short skirts and long legs, and an easy sophistication are "in" this spring. -- Mary Cashiola

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left: True Meaning linen jacket, $168, with Lynn Ritchie cami in brown, $32, and Citizens of Humanity jeans, $189, all from Lansky 126, via spiga wedges, $159, from therapy. right: Orange diamond skirt by Nanette Lepore, $370, with white BCBG blouse, $117, both from Eve, joey o camel peep toe wedge, $115, from therapy.

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above left: Love This Life tank, $45.50, from Indigo, with J Brand skinny black jeans, $140, from Therapy. above right: Feifer brown suede handbag, $340, from Blu Champagne, Chief "Swallow" tee, $79, from Sloane, with True Religion jeans, $276, from Indigo, and Joey O camel peep toe wedge, $115, from Therapy.

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7 Diamonds sweet sunshine shirt, $78, teal tee by American Apparel, $18, and Rock & Republic jeans, $178, all from Lansky 126.

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above left: Green Grecian Corey Lynn Calter slip dress, $136, from Therapy.

above right: Harkham plum wrap dress, $298, with Martinez Valero cream pumps

(on counter), $131, both from Therapy.

On aesthetician Blair Scott: Prairie New York top in camel, $135, from Lola.

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left, On model: Joseph Abboud brown shirt with pink stripe, $110, from James Davis. Stylist Brenda Hernandez is holding: Ibiza navy jacket, $350, with peach Luciano Barbera shirt, $275, both from James Davis.

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On the runway (below left): Alice & Trixie multicolor halter from Isabella, $216, with James jeans from Lola, $160. below right: Milly halter from Eve, $176, with True Religion jeans from Isabella, $172, and Tano teal handbag tote from Indigo, $143. On girls in the crowd (from left): Maria Bianca Nero black crochet dress from Eve, $216; Citrine black jersey dress from Sloane, $249; BCBG beaded brown dress from Indigo, $324; and Ellis Dixon black and white polka-dot dress from Blu Champagne, $218.50.

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Who Cares? Brown dress with blue beads, $207, from Blu Champagne. Susana Monaco sequined dress, $88, from Isabella.

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Left: BCBG orange bubble dress from Eve, $392; stylist chad johnson is holding: plaid Echo tote from Therapy, $112.

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above: Ed Hardy tee, $99, from Lansky 126, with brown shorts by Laundry, $154, from Isabella, shoes model's own. pink YA tank, $32.50, with Free People green shorts, $78.50, both from Indigo, and French Sole Zoe flats, $130, from Therapy. Penguin "Earl" polo, $49, with Penguin golf shorts, $79, and Havaianas flip-flops, $18, all from Lansky 126.

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Plenty alabaster bow top from Lola, $250, with Habitual jeans from Indigo, $180. Vintage Red embroidered tunic, $48, with True Religion jeans, $172, both from Lansky 126. cream Lotta Stensson tunic, $184, and tan cami, $32.50, both from Indigo, with Red Engine jeans from Lola, $135.

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Single pink kimono dress, $271.40, with Jacqueline Jarrot suede bag, $322, both from Blu Champagne.

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Penguin polo, $52, from Lansky 126

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Green Susana Monaco halter, $88, from Isabella.

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On the runway (from left): mason cowl-front top, $219, with gerard darel plaid skirt, $140, both from sloane. Etro button down with contrasting cuffs and collar, $276, with 7 men's jeans, both from james davis, $209. mason low-cut halter in teal, $169, with Louis Verdad skirt, $299, both from Sloane. On girls in the crowd (from left): Citrine black jersey dress from Sloane, $269; Hype floral teal dress, $167, from Therapy; Ellis Dixon black and white polka-dot dress from Blu Champagne, $218.50.

special thanks to:

• Bob Williams and Charlie Johnson of the Tennessee Street Lofts for our wonderful location; • all the lovely ladies from the Beauty Institute: Misty Bailey, Jessica Leet, Brenda Hernandez, and Hadley Black for doing our hair, Charmaine Herron and Natasha (Kat) Edwards for doing our nails, Blair Scott, Maggie Pfeffer, and Nicole Jackson for doing our makeup, and instructor Christine Luckey for controlling the chaos;

• our models: Julia baker, Davis Lawyer, Kate Mashburn, and Lydia Matthews; • Alice's Urban Market for their yummy lunches;

• Retailers blu champagne, eve, indigo, isabella, james davis, lansky 126, lola, sloane and therapy;• and Chad Johnson for all his knowledge, wisdom, and advice.

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