NEW YORK, N.Y. - After four days of runway shows, it takes something special to get the New York Fashion Week crowd excited, and apparently Naomi Campbell is it.
Campbell, regarded by fashion insiders as queen of the catwalk, got the often jaded crowd cheering when she wore the finale look at Diane von Furstenberg's show Sunday. The look: a black, gold and white knit macrame sleeveless shift dress.
It fit into von Furstenberg's broader theme of "oasis," which also inspired some retro glam tunic-and-pants sets, ombre prints and a safari animal T-shirt dress worn by a model and von Furstenberg herself when she took her bow.
The designer stuck close to the looks that have made her famous — the wrap dress, wide-leg pants and prints. She could pick any one of the pieces on the runway for her own summer vacations, which she spends on her yacht.
"What I wanted to do was create in this world that's a little terrifying and scary, I wanted to create an oasis of peace, of beauty, of colour and of harmony," she said in a backstage interview. "I care about making the woman feel beautiful."
Von Furstenberg always packs the house at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's Lincoln Center tents. The audience included Jessica Alba and Diane Sawyer.
From her front-row seat, Alba snapped photos, presumably of her favourite looks. Keep an eye out for her in a red ikat print chiffon strapless gown.
Associated Press Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this story.
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