On the Runway

New York: Grunge at Vena Cava, hippies at Mara Hoffman

The latest runway news from New York Fashion Week

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Up next at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District: Vena Cava. With ’90s hits on the soundtrack, the show delivered grunge-era looks. Loads of throw-back silhouettes stream down the runway; granny maxi-dresses, polka-dot rompers, heavy pleated leather shorts, and crop tops galore. This show is all about midriff-baring too-cool-for-school girls who stay true to a mix of tie-dye striped wools, accordion pleats, and lace inserts.

Finishing off the day is Mara Hoffman’s presentation, complete with 4-piece band clad in hooded muumuus. The collection is a hippie-chic girl’s dream. (Trippy graphic prints and knits swaddle a tribe of plaited-hair models.) Standout pieces feature artisanal macrame and bodychains dripping with tassels. So far, today’s shows have proven that hemlines will continue to graze the ground this fall.

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