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N.Y. Fashion Week: At Narciso Rodriguez, modern color and shine

Narciso Rodriguez's collection doesn't so much go through a revolution each season, but more an evolution.

Whereas so many designers are working with bold flashes of color and modern sportswear shapes for fall 2014, Rodriguez has always done that. And to see how he does it is a reminder of what a truly gifted designer he is.

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Contrasting color lapels and geometric panels on relaxed coats, jackets, sleeveless tops and pants fit together like paper cut outs in a collage, creating art on the runway. A black/slate crepe plunge front dress with a hint of movement at the hem was timeless and beautiful. And several shades of metallic embroidery applied to the bodices of evening tops and dresses created a dazzling painterly effect.

This was a strong collection for Rodriguez. The shapes were more forgiving, relaxed and accessible than some of his more architectural efforts. He's on a roll.

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