Broadway Has Become a Sidewalk Catwalk

The Garment Center unveiled the Sidewalk Catwalk, a runway of mannequins each dressed by a different designer, posing along Broadway from 34th to 42nd.

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The Garment Center today unveiled the Sidewalk Catwalk, a runway of mannequins each dressed by a different designer, posing along Broadway from 34th to 42nd.
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Leading the charge was a taxi-yellow mannequin by NYC's patron saint of fashion design, Donna Karan.
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Lazing gracefully among swarms of sweaty tourists stands this crisp white sheath by Maria Cornejo.
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Yeohlee Teng constructed a look from good old brick and mortar.
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One of two student models posed as the slinky street sign mannequin created by FIT students Christopher Ciaccia and Ariel Penzer.
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Can you guess who concocted this pink-tastic blond bombshell covered in (real) flowers?
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Betsey Johnson, of course!
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Rachel Roy was all sorts of downtown cool, even putting on-trend over-the-knee boots on her day-glo orange mannequin.
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Elie Tahari overlayed panes of glass and bronze panels for a work-of-art frock.
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Taking the opportunity to re-purpose plastics - the sheer white dress was belted with drinking straws and the model's topper was constructed from some type of webbing - Isabel Toledo stepped out of the box with her box-topped look.
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Typically a smidge more prim, Prabal Gurung left his manny naked save a cluster of white paper-like flower cut outs covering the head and feet, with some pops of red up top.
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Sparing no amount of neon, Nanette Lepore's jumbo bow-and-blossom confection screams summer fun.
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Diane von Furstenberg opted to cover her mannequin in purple-and-black leopard print, with a note, "Love is Life, Diane (with a heart)" handwritten on her belly.
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Victor Alfaro summoned disaster-mentality industrial chic with a bubble-hemmed trash bag gown in army green and accessorized with goggles resembling a gas mask.
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The texture on the tiered, one-shoulder short dress by Carmen Marc Valvo was like rough burlap, offsetting the uber-feminine silhouette.
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Tommy Hilfiger's patriotic mannequin saved the American flag from falling in a windstorm, but the poor thing had her tush showing in the back.
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One might think Rebecca Taylor's mannequin escaped from her shop window, with its cute-but-common sundress outfit.
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Jill Stuart employed her design expertise to create a high-fashion look from what's really just refuse,but the plastic-bag hair and a mesh-like dress somehow work.
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It's truly special to stroll down Broadway and enjoy sculpture whose gown billows in the breeze - Badgley Mischka really nailed it.
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Next up comes John Bartlett's contrasting foamy, drab-fab gown. Belted with clear electrical wiring, the dress seemed snipped from a pile of insulation material.
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Carlos Falchi turned out an urban fashion princess with a crazy-chic tumult of pop-art and graffiti. We love her proud, photo-ready admirer just as much.
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To be honest, we thought we might see more from Jason Wu, whose gown was definitely pretty, but didn't stand out in the public forum.
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However, a pop of salmon flowers at her lower back helped a bit.
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You've got to love that Thom Browne, whose glorious outfit was a shell-encrusted body suit from head to toe, embellished with some red and blue ones at the shoulder.
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Another beige dress? From Isaac Mizrahi? We thought he'd go a little more nuts with this one, but we do love the grommet-detailed gown.
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The line-up's other student entry came from Parsons' Niyati Karwat and Emily Saunders, who pulled out all the stops with a wooden-cage skirt that had a finely crafted stone wall around the hips, and slinky chain-mail bodice and headpiece.
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Full disclosure: Naeem Khan's silver metal mosaic mannequin in an intricately embroidered bodysuit and chain headdress may have been our favorite.
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Khan's mannequin resides near the start of Times Square, like a beautiful oasis before the madness begins.
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Political mouth and designer Kenneth Cole's lady tells us that UNDERNEATH IT ALL YOU'RE NAKED. Actually, given the weather, we wish we were too.
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The only way to get the full effect of Adam Lippes' glittering, crystal-encrusted mannequin is to visit her in person. Literally, she sparkles.
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Stephen Burrows jazzed up his neutral number with medieval breast plate detailing (complete with a bit of, ahem, exposure) to give the look a warrior-goddess feel.
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Catherine Malandrino splashed her signature American Flag print on an equally all-American shirt dress covered in a transparent plastic overlay.
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Nicole Miller went for a sexy-tough mini with a metal-studded corset top topped off with a pink mohawk and body paint.
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Finally, Norma Kamali presents a mannequin emblazoned with all sorts of messages, including her logo, contemporary snippets about social media, fashion, and more.
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