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• Signature Looks
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The ethereal lightness of Vera Wang's dance-inspired collection lifted day six of fashion week up, up and away. Wang has been working diligently on developing her ready-to-wear signature for the past several seasons and her message is now loud — or, I should say, soft — and clear. Wang's vision features an artistic type swathed in the most sophisticated layers of cashmere, tulle and chiffon. After the show, someone wondered how all these willowy frocks would look on a hanger in a store, but that's not the point of such a triumphant collection. The purpose is to deliver a message, a vision, and Wang has certainly done that with amazing skill and gusto.

Francisco Costa, the Brazilian-born designer who has filled Calvin Klein's very large shoes at his namesake house, has a futuristic and somewhat tough vision of fashion. For several seasons Costa has been struggling to pay homage to Klein in a sort of literal manner. But with this collection he seemed more confident to go his own way. Like Wang, Costa is working in the lightest fabrics, layering them over tank tops and carefully worked athletic-style corsets. But unlike Wang, Costa has a razor-sharp cut that can appear inchoate with the softness of his silhouette. Two sea-foam chiffon short dresses floating over tank tops were standouts.

Hopefully when Hollywood's Oscar nominees get the nod next year they will pick up the phone and call Zac Posen immediately. I don't know why more celebs don't wear his amazing entrance-makers on the red carpet. The guy knows how to cut a glamorous gown. The gold drop-waisted billowing number at the end of the show was statuette-worthy.