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On the Catwalks, Labor and Luxury

Wednesday, February 23, 1999

    Kenneth Cole Kenneth Cole's Fall 1999 collection draws inspiration from work clothes. (AP)
This year, for the first time, designers in New York presented their lines before the traditional European powerhouses. The result? According to Post fashion reporter Robin Givhan, most of the clothes were "utterly wearable, familiar and occasionally breathtaking."

From security blanket-like cashmere to rugged leather jackets, a myriad of styles emerged on the runways. Take a look back with Givhan at the Fashion Week that was:

February 13: The first menswear shows, from Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren, conjured images of physical labor.
February 15: John Bartlett and Joseph Abboud explored how men can look good while feeling comfortable.
February 16: Women's collections featured luxurious clothes that pamper.
February 18: Visions of the American West were prominent in collections from Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.
February 20: Hot young designer Sandy Dalal expanded his vision.
February 21: Designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Donna Karan found a muse in music.
February 22: Calvin Klein wrapped up the week with a strong, quintessentially American collection.

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