Kanye pops in on Brother Vellies, Tadashi Shoji evokes a Japanese garden as …

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New York Fashion Week opens with a Japanese gardens, California sun and Kanye West.

What he left behind was a collection of standout sandals in leather and adorned with beads and fur, and handbags made of materials sourced throughout Africa and created by artisans there, said Aurora James, the company’s founder and creative director.NEW YORK: The twice-yearly style orgy that is New York Fashion Week which was to kick off on Thursday evening when the booted and suited rush to catch sight of collections for spring-summer 2016. Hollywood stars, buyers and fashion editors from across the planet descend on Gotham to admire the most coveted talent in US design dominated by the likes of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

James, for the first time, has partnered with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative, offering support for her effort to boost skills training and job creation in Africa. While describing her shoes and bags this season as “post-hippy minimalism,” James found inspiration from the musical Lijadu sisters of Nigeria – and women in general. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, known for pushing boundaries, is putting the event together with designer Riccardo Tisci, a favorite of power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. It was humid, sweaty AND rainy outside — typical crummy Fashion Week weather — but inside the Tadashi Shoji show, it was a cool, serene Japanese garden.

The theme will be “Celebration of Love” and it will also mark fashion director Tisci’s 10 years producing men’s and women’s collection for Givenchy, part of the LVMH luxury goods stable. In both his decor and his designs, the designer paid homage to his birth country’s culture and tradition, presenting a show inspired by its gardens, its traditional robes, and its artwork. Givenchy is giving out nearly 1,000 tickets for ordinary people who sign up online in an attempt to broaden its appeal beyond the narrow corridors of fashionista power. Highlights included a filmy evening-blue wisteria motif tulle dress, both in a midi-length and in a full-length gown, and an ivory floor-length kimono coat, embroidered with a peony motif and worn over a matching sleeveless top and a floor-length tulle skirt. “The faint scent of a fresh rain still lingers in the air,” the designer wrote in his show notes. “Meandering down a moss worn pebbled path, the serenity of a Japanese garden beckons us with the fragrance of blooming nostalgia.” Heading back outside into the humid air of midtown Manhattan, one could still dream. Husband-wife design team Lubov and Max Azria brought the West Coast sun to a dreary New York day as they kicked off Fashion Week on Thursday with a beachy, casual collection. “California was our first impulse,” said Azria before the show in midtown Manhattan. “The beach and the sun and the weather, the good weather.” The bohemian line included flowing floral frocks layered with tie-dye tees and tribal print vests topped by hipster bucket hats.

There were also cozy pullovers, embroidered ponchos and slouchy leg warmers — just in case the breeze picks up at the beach. “I think anybody who’s enters into an industry, and they’re the new kid on the block, you’ve got to prove yourself. Conrad presented her limited edition line, LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection for Kohl’s, at her first runway show for the store Wednesday night in New York. “When we started designing this line, we knew it was going to be a runway collection, so we really wanted to create this whole experience,” she said. “Obviously, the clothes were the main focus, but we were also keeping in mind what everything else was going to look like so it would all come together really nicely. Conrad is best known for appearing on her MTV reality show and its spin-off “The Hills.” She’s since written books, designed clothing lines and runs a lifestyle brand. “I have been having babies for the past couple years, so it’s exciting to get back into the music industry, and I think that it will only make the fashion industry that I am working in even better,” she said. Target struck a fun pose Wednesday night when the retailer threw a party that brought to life Vogue’s iconic images it reimagined for the fashion bible’s September issue. Guests could ride on a carousel or check out some of the fashions like belted plaid jackets, black-and-white checkered pumps and a fur head wrap that Target created and were inspired from looks in Vogue dating back to the 1920s.

Fans can also use the Shazam app to explore the original image or buy the item featured in the 21-page insert in Vogue. “To do something like this at this moment of our transformation signals culturally that Target’s mojo is back,” says Target’s chief marketing officer Jeff Jones.

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