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Bring on the Sporty Cowboys: Day 3 and 4

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As the weekend progressed, trends emerged that form a stark contrast to the ladylike looks: the sporty silhouette and western-inspired wear. Plus, more bright colors and a tribute to America.

· Jill Stuart stays cool with sheer for spring, plus matchy-matchy prints.
· Prabal Gurung: Purple. Gorgeous purple. Textured purple. Purple.
· Gregory Parkinson, LA's own, showed a collection of weathered, comfortable shirts, pants and ruffled skirts.
· Helmut Lang bared midriffs, stayed monochrome and peppered in some citrus-colored dresses.
· Adam thinks you should flaunt your hips—and your nips.
· Christian Siriano scaled back the fierceness with wearable, muted coral maxi skirts and yellow pants.

· Erin Fetherston did a really feminine mod collection with floral prints and pleats and boxy silhouettes.
· Alexander Wang mixed mesh with floral and tribal prints and made it work.
· Boy and Girl by Band of Outsiders embraced blazers, leather, crochet and maxi skirts.
· Charlotte Ronson featured lots of denim, patchwork and knits, plus some floaty sheer pieces that added a feminine touch.
· Monique Lhuillier showed bright, figure-hugging dresses that reminded everyone of Barbie in the 1950's.
· Robert Geller extended cropped jackets and floppy hats into menswear.
· Altuzarra didn't get the tea-length hem memo, but did delve into the tropical floral print trend.
· Victoria Beckham tapped into her sportier side with boxy coats, leggings, and—gasp—flats.
· Lela Rose was inspired by the neon lights of Vegas, but the colors seemed more like a box of highlighters...and yet, it worked.
· Derek Lam presented leather shirts, preppy sweaters and striped buttondowns.
· DKNY let a little bit of the west coast into NY, with flowing dresses spaced between tailored blazers.
· L.A.M.B. might have been lacking Stefani, but made up for it with sophisticated, Middle-Eastern-inspired pieces.
· Diane Von Furstenberg did prints and textures like only she can, then handed out American flags to the front row.
· Jen Kao was inspired by Japanese-Hawaiian looks, and Leonardo DiCaprio. (And the checks make our eyes swim.)
· Thakoon went completely color and print crazy, mixing them in ways that leave us just not sure how we feel.
· Zac Posen brought the glamour back to New York, showing us how fashion week should be done with fantastic gowns.
· Tommy Hilfiger explored colorblocking in 60's silhouettes while keeping that signature preppy vibe.

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