Missoni x Target, Michael Kors: New York Fashion Week Day 6 Photos

Michael Douglas at Michael Kors, Missoni for Target, and more highlights from Day Six.

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Fashion Week is over on Thursday, bringing to a halt a blur of brilliant colors and comely models that, frankly, left us fairly disoriented and a little bit dizzy. Questions remain to be answered. Where was Beyoncé at any given moment? When would Justin Bieber actually appear at Fashion’s Night Out? Would we make it to the Marc by Marc Jacobs show on time? Things moved so quickly that even though we logged onto Target.com mere minutes after the release of its Missoni collaboration we were still shut out. As Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough told us backstage after his show on Wednesday: “Things move fast these days, don’t they? We’re just trying to keep up.”

Isabel Wilkinson, Jacob Bernstein, and Lizzie Crocker contributed to this report.

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Proenza Schouler’s Jetsons Moment

The Proenza Schouler show was the last of Wednesday night, held in a shadowy warehouse on the West Side Highway. The collection was an explosion of prints and textures—animal-print shorts, an eel-skin skirt, fitted blazers cinched at the waist, and for evening, breathtaking embroidered beaded floral dresses. This season, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were inspired by Googie architecture, that zany, Atomic Age style that helped define Southern California's burgeoning mid-century car culture. (Think the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and Seattle's Space Needle.) “It was all based on the idea of speed and looking toward the future,” McCollough told us after the show, which was, in a sense, a retro idea of futurism: wooden wedges, for instance, were offset by lacquered silver clutches.

In terms of color, the collection began with an earthy palette, and progressed toward more electric oranges, teals, and neon greens. But, as McCollough says, next spring’s Proenza woman is “just another take on the same girl. Everything’s a little rough around the edges. Nothing’s ever worn so perfectly.” Certainly the sea of blonde bedheads in the audience would agree. One unlikely Proenza Schouler fan in the front row was the rapper Pharrell Williams, who told us afterward that the shoes were indeed his favorite part. “Those are baby-making shoes!” he said.

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Was Michael Kors Inspired by His Honeymoon?

Michael Kors’s show is always like a strong shot of caffeine for a crowd that's exhausted on the penultimate day of Fashion Week and not happy about being at Lincoln Center at the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Season after season, it’s sunny, it’s upbeat, it’s cheerful. And the collection he showed on Thursday was just that. This time, the theme was “Memories of Africa,” as he wrote in his show notes--specifically, “the rustic modernism of the Lebombo Lodge.” But, referencing the designer’s recent (and secretive) wedding to Lance LePere this summer, The New York Times’ Eric Wilson wondered, “Is that where they spent their honeymoon?” (The Lebombo Lodge costs $1,500 a night.) The collection had elements of a safari theme: a leopard and feathered shift; olives and tans, and the occasional pop of orange–suede “safari” rompers, and snakeskins.

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Michael Kors's Star-Studded Show

Michael Kors always brings in the big guns for his runway shows, and part of the fun is seeing just how big a star he can wrangle for his front row. This season, it was a solo Michael Douglas, who attended last time with Catherine Zeta-Jones. This year he sat next to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (fresh off a Burberry Body appearance at Macys) and Zoe Saldana.

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Missoni x Target Crashes the Internet

There are hot-selling designer collaborations, and then there's Missoni’s collection for Target, which practically shut down the Internet on Tuesday, minutes after it launched. When the much-anticipated capsule collection went live on Target’s homepage, the overwhelming traffic caused the site to crash between 7:47 and 8 a.m., while massive lines formed at Target stores nationwide. “Target.com is seeing greater item demand than we do on a typical Black Friday,” the store said in a statement. “The excitement for this limited-time designer collection is unprecedented.” As Margherita Missoni (the brand’s 28-year-old spokesperson) told The Daily Beast of the collection last week, “I've been overwhelmed by the whole thing. It’s been incredible. We knew it was going to be good but it has exceeded our expectations.” But despite the collection’s success, she has her sights set on the next big thing: “I would love to do some vehicles like motorcycles or cars or Vespas,” she said. “There are a lot of things we haven't done that I would love to do. I would love to do pasta.” Items in the collection (including a buzzed-about bike) range from $2.99 to $599.99.

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Jeremy Scott’s Fun-Loving Freak Show

Since emerging in the late '90s, Jeremy Scott has been like a Patricia Field, clubland version of Peter Pan, and he continues to show no indication of growing up. From the moment his show kicked off Wednesday afternoon at Milk Studios to the sound of Motley Crue's "Girls, Girls, Girls," it was clear that this was a collection about embracing your inner slut. There were T-shirt dresses that barely reached below crotch level, denim bras with matching high-waisted mini-skirts, and boys dressed in cow-print ass-less chaps. In the front row were downtown denizens like Kim Hastreiter and Mickey Boardman of Paper, club fixture Sophia Lamar, and performance artist Justin Bond. Is there ever such thing as too much irony, we asked Bond, after the show. "Only when it stops being fun," s/he said. "I loved it. I thought it was great."

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Philip Lim’s as High as a Kite

“It’s about simple geometry—and finding form through movement,” Philip Lim told us after his spring show in a West Side warehouse on Wednesday afternoon. And what he sent down the runway was just that: a collection of voluminous silks—boxy jackets, loose pants, and T-shirts and dresses that looked like they could catch a gust of wind and propel the models upward and out of the room. Lim said he was inspired by the “kite wars” in his suburban neighborhood as a child. “It’s the idea of starting very simple and using movement and wind current, and having kites take off,” he said. “I wanted the show to lift up and take off.” The palette consisted of sherbet-colored purples and oranges interspersed with geometric blacks and whites, which Lim later described as “cutting ice cream with a knife.” Perhaps the most innovative aspect of his collection, however, was the transformational quality of many of the clothes, much of which was lost on the runway. Backstage, a vest turned into a backpack; tank tops transformed into shopping bags, and an anorak even converted into a gym bag. “Transformation is so important because it’s about the modern woman,” Lim said. “The way she starts the day is never the way she ends the day.”

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Anna Sui’s Flower Hour

For her spring show, Anna Sui revisited Paris in the 1970s as seen through the eyes of famed illustrator and photographer Antonio Lopez. Lopez captured the vintage '40s fashion popping up outside Club Sept and the Café de Flore at the time, and Sui's collection brought it back to life with black-and-chiffon trousers, blouses, and turbans in matching prints. Colorful knee-length dresses cinched at the waist were worn with brogue wedges and netted fascinators, while a few floor-sweeping gowns in muted palettes were paired with floppy hats. Prints were indeed everywhere: feminine florals and playful heart motifs showed up on socks, tights, and costume-jewelry accessories. Lisa Presley and Sofia Coppola, who sat front row, rushed backstage after the show to congratulate the designer.

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Going Out With A Bang (And Some Sequins)

The last of fashion week's big parties took place Wednesday night at the Boom Boom Room, at the top of the Standard Hotel. The hosts were the folks from V Magazine, the dress code was "Elizabeth Taylor or Black and White" and everyone seemed to come in the latter except the model Crystal Renn, who dressed up as the movie star as Cleopatra. Linda Evangelista was in the back, Alexander Wang was dancing by the bar near Prabal Gurung, Lindsay Lohan was huddled at a banquet with her mother Dina and the designer Cynthia Rowley, and W Magazine's Giovanna Battaglia and Carine Roitfeld (at left) found an inflatable zebra.