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NY Fashion Week, Day 4: DKNY, Beckham and Bono

Monday - 2/10/2014, 11:40am  ET

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The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Fashion Week ended its fourth day Sunday with a celebration of Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dress, an appearance by Victoria Beckham's family, and Chelsea Clinton popping up at the show for Edun, the Africa-focused line founded by rocker Bono and his wife.

Donna Karan brought real, everyday New Yorkers onto the runway along with models showing her fall DKNY collection. And while some of the models at the Tracy Reese show were wearing gold glitter boots, heels and highly bedazzled outfits, the designer herself was resplendent in gold platform sneakers.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center were a welcome return to familiar Manhattan territory after many in the fashion world had trekked out to Brooklyn Saturday night for the must-see Alexander Wang show, held in the unlikely setting of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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VICTORIA BECKHAM SHOW: IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR

Those who come to fashion shows purely for the celebrity factor would not have been disappointed Sunday morning at Victoria Beckham's runway show. Her husband, soccer great David Beckham, accompanied by their four impeccably groomed children, snapped selfies of himself and his toddler daughter while waiting for Mom's big moment.

On the runway, Victoria Beckham presented a fall collection based on the idea, in her words, that "Everything is not what it seems."

"It's all 360 degrees -- nothing is flat," she said in a post-show interview backstage. "You look at a structured coat from the front, and then from the back you see this beautiful pleat. Or you're looking at a dress, and then the whole back is missing."

The collection was almost entirely black and white, with an emphasis on ruffles and pleats, and a fondness for a single gold chain draped across a garment.

Beckham said she was trying to incorporate changes in her clothes, but not so much as to alienate her regular customer. "It's about satisfying my sense of creativity, but also giving our customer what she wants," she said.

After the show, Beckham spoke about building a stronger presence in New York. But she made clear that the couple won't be moving to Miami -- even though David Beckham just confirmed a few days ago that he plans to become owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise there.

"Just because David has a club in Miami doesn't mean we are moving to Miami," she said. "We're based in London and that's where the kids go to school."

Seated next to the Beckham family were Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a familiar sight at New York Fashion Week shows, and her daughter Bee Shaffer.

--Jocelyn Noveck, http://www.twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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BOHEMIAN WRAPSODY FROM DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Diane von Furstenberg ended her runway show Sunday with a burst of golden confetti showering down from above, with her models -- all dressed in shiny gold -- dancing and cheering behind her.

It was a suitably celebratory atmosphere, enhanced by live music, for a designer who's enjoying a burst of attention this year because of the use of the wrap dress -- a garment for which the word iconic is justified -- in the '70s-themed Oscar-nominated film "American Hustle."

DVF has been marking the 40th anniversary of the dress this year, with an exhibition in Los Angeles, and there were a number of them on the runway Sunday, in all sorts of colors and fabrics.

"This year is the anniversary so it was nice to do something new," she said, explaining that she chose the name "Bohemian Wrapsody" for the collection, because of the anniversary and also because she was inspired by the Ballets Russe -- a famous ballet company that performed throughout Europe and elsewhere in the early 20th century.

"And then it occurred to me that my wrap dress was originally inspired by the little sweaters that ballerinas wear," she said, referring to the pink sweaters that wrap with a ribbon above the waist. The finale of von Furstenberg's show, in which the models came out again, in shiny gold dresses, made clear reference to the little sweaters.

--Jocelyn Noveck, http://www.twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP and Nicole Evatt, http://www.twitter.com/NicoleEvatt

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WHO'S THAT ON THE RUNWAY AT DKNY? REAL PEOPLE!

If you've ever watched a fashion show and said to yourself, "Those aren't real people out there on the runway," Donna Karan has an answer for that.

For her DKNY runway show Sunday, Karan presented -- along with the models, of course -- an assortment of non-models: A DJ. A TV presenter. A printmaker. A few students. A biologist, a "night life hostess," and, in the most intriguing entry in the show's written program, a "tattoo artist/ pro skateboarder."

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