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Kate Spade playful, Klein political at NY Fashion Week

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Models display clothing from the Fall 2017 collection by Kate Spade in New York. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt) © The Associated Press Models display clothing from the Fall 2017 collection by Kate Spade in New York. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

NEW YORK (AP) — Crunchy snow and ice greeted designers, models and fans at New York Fashion Week on Friday, a day after a snow storm pummeled the city. What visitors got was two collections by Kate Spade, a political message at the Calvin Klein show and La Perla lingerie strutting out of the bedroom.

Models display clothing from the Spring 2017 collection by Kate Spade in New York. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt) © The Associated Press Models display clothing from the Spring 2017 collection by Kate Spade in New York. (AP Photo/Nicole Evatt)

Among the day's highlights:

The Calvin Klein fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) © The Associated Press The Calvin Klein fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

KATE SPADE TURNS IN TWO LINES

Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) © The Associated Press Anna Wintour and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Kate Spade just wants to have fun.

The Calvin Klein fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) © The Associated Press The Calvin Klein fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

The playful womenswear brand presented two collections Friday at New York Fashion Week, complete with pom-pom accents, colorful fringe and a cake-shaped purse.

Naomie Harris attends the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) © The Associated Press Naomie Harris attends the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

"I love the vibe. I love that it's so flirty and feminine and very chic, but also has like a sense of humor to it. I think that's really fun," said actress Victoria Justice during the event held at New York's famed Rainbow Room.

Karlie Kloss attends the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff) © The Associated Press Karlie Kloss attends the Calvin Klein runway show during Fashion Week in New York, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Leighton Meester, Jamie Chung and Camilla Belle also braved the cold for the morning presentation held on two floors with a dual purpose: A spring line of see-now, buy-now clothes and the fall 2017 collection inspired by 1920s Paris.

Kendall Jenner, left, models the La Perla fashion collection during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press Kendall Jenner, left, models the La Perla fashion collection during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

"The spring collection, which is appearing in the stores at the moment, select pieces are going to be available," explained the brand's Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd. "You can see it, love it, and buy it, I hope."

The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The small, buy-now spring line included fun accessories like wicker purses in the shape of camels and monkeys and a large straw hat with colorful, dangling tassels.

The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

There were jean dresses with floral appliques and denim overalls paired with a cozy, fringed turtleneck sweater.

Kendall Jenner, center, and other models model the La Perla fashion collection during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press Kendall Jenner, center, and other models model the La Perla fashion collection during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Another floor featuring Spade's fall looks showcased feminine dresses and skirts with a moody edge of black lace, leather and faux fur.

The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press The La Perla fashion collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Floral patterns mixed with leopard prints and high necklines ran throughout, accentuated with bows, ruffles and pearls.

Models posed, lounged and rotated around the center of the room. One snacked on candies hidden in her black and pink gold-studded bag.

"It's just very fun and young and fresh," said Belle. "So exciting, colorful and happy and just kind of puts a smile on your face."

—Nicole Evatt

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CALVIN KLEIN: A MESSAGE FROM THE RUNWAY

The message could not have been clearer or more pointed: Raf Simons' debut collection for Calvin Klein opened and closed with the David Bowie song "This is Not America."

"When you have a voice, you should use it," Simons had said backstage just last week at his own label's menswear show. And now, for his much-awaited bow Friday morning with new employer Calvin Klein — for which he has moved to New York — the Belgian designer was using his.

The soundtrack wasn't the only means Simons used to put across his message. A day earlier, Calvin Klein had sent guests patterned bandanas, with a note saying: "Unity, inclusion, hope and acceptance: Join us at Calvin Klein in wearing the white bandana. #tiedtogether."

The clothes, too — designed along with the label's Pieter Mulier — were meant to display an inclusive message, sort of a melting pot of styles. "It reflects the environment," Simons wrote in the show notes. "It is the coming together of different characters and different individuals — just like America itself."

There were nods to the American West for both women and men, with denim jackets over loose jeans, or colorful cowboy-style shirts. There was sporty America, in striped woolen standalone sleeves — similar to the arm-warmers shown by his men's label. There were crisp business-like houndstooth suits, and there were coats in colorful quilt patterns.

For some flash, there were a number of garments — dresses, coats, skirts — encased in a layer of plastic, looking like cellophane wrapping on a gift. In one dress, the plastic shielded a burst of feathers in white, yellow and black. A golden yellow furry coat also had this laminated effect. Another common embellishment was a silver metallic flower, appearing on black leather jackets or sheer mesh tops that left little to the imagination.

Among the celebrity attendees were Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomie Harris, Kate Bosworth, Greta Gerwig, Brooke Shields, director Sofia Coppola, and supermodel Lauren Hutton.

Hutton praised both the show's contents and its messaging.

"He's a new miracle," she said backstage of Simon's arrival at the label, a post the former Dior designer has taken over from Francisco Costa. Asked whether politics should have an expression in fashion, she said: "I think that's what all art is for. Fashion, if it's good, always has something to say about society."

Designer Diane von Furstenberg was also among the front-row guests. She wore a large button that said: "Fashion starts with Planned Parenthood."

"It's not about politics," she explained. "It's about women's rights, about the body, and about human rights."

—Jocelyn Noveck

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KENDALL JENNER, NAOMI CAMPBELL, GWYNETH PALTROW SUPPORT LA PERLA SHOW

Luxury lingerie line La Perla leapt from the bedroom to the boardroom Thursday during New York Fashion Week.

The colorful, star-studded show included plenty of silky, negligee-inspired dresses, but much of the line was meant to be worn outside — on a date or to the office.

The collection had tailored suits, bright blazers and separates. Models crisscrossed the British manor-inspired runway set wearing plaid slip dresses and skirt suits, a possible homage to the '90s hit "Clueless."

The sex appeal was there, too.

Lacy bras were exposed under plunging necklines and sheer shirts. High-wasted shorts and delicate floral skirts were paired with bustier tops.

Naomi Campbell opened the splashy event in midtown and Kendall Jenner closed the show while Gwyneth Paltrow looked on from the front row.

—Nicole Evatt

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KENDALL JENNER MAY BE TOO BUSY FOR KANYE WEST'S SHOW

Now a runway regular, Kendall Jenner said she's feeling more comfortable in the fashion world.

"Yeah, it's cool. It's different definitely not being the newbie, but it's nice. You know everyone and it's just like a lot of friends now. I remember, like, my first couple fashion weeks you didn't really know who to like hang out with and you were still trying to bond with people. So now it's nice to just have a bunch of friends," she said.

She's so in demand these days that she may not have time for Kanye West's fashion show schedule for Feb. 15.

"Probably attending, but I actually don't know because I think I have like a lot of shows that day. So I'm trying to figure it all out. But yeah, we'll see," Jenner said.

But she's certain to connect with her famous siblings at some point as fashion week is often a family affair for the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

"It's so fun! Yeah, we always hang out and it's fun that they like come to my shows now and they're like involved. It's cool. It's like a whole new layer to it," she said of her family coming to town.

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Backstage the younger sister to Kim, Khloe and Kourtney said she's a big fan of lingerie.

"I love it. I think it's so fun and it's so fun to like dress up, I guess dress down. But yeah, I love lingerie and La Perla is really amazing and it's just really cool to be a part of something that like you genuinely like love. It's cool," she said.

She advises women to simply "rock it like you own it."

"I think there's a lot of confidence that comes with it and if you just rock it like you own it always. But I'm not wearing lingerie tonight. I'm wearing something very extravagant, which I love. It's really beautiful," she said.

—Nicole Evatt

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