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Tadashi Shoji, Desigual kick off NY Fashion Week

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/9/2017 By The Associated Press
A model pulls off her jacket to be photographed by fashion photographers as she arrives for a fashion show at Skylight Clarkson Square during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press A model pulls off her jacket to be photographed by fashion photographers as she arrives for a fashion show at Skylight Clarkson Square during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday as New Yorkers braved the first snow storm of the season.

Guests and models arrive at Skylight Clarkson Square for a fashion show during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press Guests and models arrive at Skylight Clarkson Square for a fashion show during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Fashion watchers braved snow banks and slush as they turned out at the more than a dozen shows that began the eight-day event featuring designer's collections for fall and winter.

A model steps over slush as she arrives at Skylight Clarkson Square for a fashion show during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press A model steps over slush as she arrives at Skylight Clarkson Square for a fashion show during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Among the day's highlights:

A woman sidesteps slush as she crosses a street on her way to a fashion show at the Skylight Clarkson Square during fashion week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press A woman sidesteps slush as she crosses a street on her way to a fashion show at the Skylight Clarkson Square during fashion week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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Guests heading to a fashion show cross a slushy intersection as they arrive at the Skylight Clarkson Square during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) © The Associated Press Guests heading to a fashion show cross a slushy intersection as they arrive at the Skylight Clarkson Square during Fashion Week, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

TADASHI SHOJI EMBRACES LOVE, '70s YOUTH STYLE

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Shoji wasn't sweating Thursday's opening day blizzard ahead of his 1960s and early '70s collection of sensuous velvets and brocades inspired by youth culture.

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

He lives in Los Angeles, but his team was ready for snowmeggedon. Besides, the Japanese designer said in an interview backstage, all the swirling, white, wet stuff was "pretty, and traffic was so quiet. It's good."

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Most of his front row guests abandoned the usual high heels for sensible snow boots, ski caps, fur and parkas a plenty.

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

On the runway, Shoji worked in vibrant forest green, rose reds and splashes of purple. Floor length gowns with keyhole necklines had long bell sleeves, lace insets and velvet ribbon detail.

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The message, Shoji said, was simple: love, liberation, unity.

Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) © The Associated Press Fashion from the Desigual collection is modeled during Fashion Week on, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

--Leanne Italie

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DESIGUAL GOES BOLD

Desigual presented a collection for bold women who do not shy away from vivid prints and colors Thursday, the first day of New York Fashion Week.

Inspired by the '60s, '70s and '80s, the Spanish brand put out a fall-winter line that included military jackets, pants and dresses with animal prints, checkerboards, lots of buttons, transparent skirts and wide belts.

The collection evoked a punk, underground philosophy, said Daniel Perez, the brand's communications director.

"These were subcultures that would question gender issues and where women would play a relevant role," he said in a backstage interview. "For example, the collection evokes the attitude of the female cartoonist group behind Wimmen's Comix. They wanted to write from their feminine perspective because, until then, that was an underworld with a very masculine vision."

--Claudia Torrens

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