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A look at NY Fashion Week: Weird and wonderful

Friday - 2/14/2014, 6:56pm  ET

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2014 file photo shows David Beckham taking a photo of his four children in the front row before the Victoria Beckham show, as daughter Harper sits in Beckham's lap during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Jocelyn Noveck, File)

AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- There was a wall that oozed chocolate, a streaker on the runway, a gallery turned into a freaky fashion cathedral, an entire armory outfitted with fake puffy clouds, and so much snow -- REAL snow -- that even dedicated fashionistas traded in stilettos for boots. (Well, SOME fashionistas.)

There were celebrities galore, from newly minted fashion star Lupita Nyong'o to David Beckham to Katie Holmes to Chelsea Clinton. And of course there were the clothes: from jewel-encrusted gowns destined for the Oscar red carpet to huge, comfy sweaters -- which, given the weather, were frankly much more inviting. There was much to admire fashion-wise, and some head-scratchers, too.

But here are some of the non-sartorial moments -- weird, wonderful, or otherwise notable -- that caught our eye during Fashion Week:



It was the year of the great trek. Even more top designers than in the past left the tents at Lincoln Center, like Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors, both traveling downtown to Tribeca. But what really got attention was Alexander Wang's decision to have his show in, gasp, Brooklyn. At the Navy Yard, yet. Given the buzz surrounding Wang -- who's only 30 but already a big name in fashion -- it was a no-brainer that people would come. The question was only how annoyed they'd be, especially on a frigid Saturday night. Luckily, Wang put on a show, with leather that changed color on the spot when heated, a rotating stage, and a set that resembled a post-apocalyptic world -- which was where, frankly, many Manhattan-centric guests felt they were.



There was snow, sleet, freezing rain, and slush, melting into huge brown puddles. Nature was least kind to Ralph Lauren, whose show took place during the worst of Thursday's snowstorm, but hey -- everybody came, even one woman in heels who hitched a ride on her boyfriend's back. This was Ralph Lauren, after all.



The design house Opening Ceremony had the yummiest show of the week. Chocolate oozed down a massive white wall. Some guests dipped their fingers in it or even lapped it up. "My mind is blown," said Joe Jonas -- yes, of the Jonas brothers. "It does smell like something is baking," said singer Kelly Rowland, a judge on "The X Factor."



That was the unusual warning from a guard to guests at the Tommy Hilfiger show inside the cavernous Park Avenue Armory, with a set that evoked a winter's day in a place far more idyllic than slushy Manhattan. It included a log cabin, fir trees, and fake snow mixed with, yes, mulch.



Designer Thom Browne filled a gallery space with real church pews, put huge crosses on the wall, and lit candles and incense. Models with freaky white wigs walked stiffly down the runway, looking a bit like Stepford Wives who'd stuck their hands in electric sockets. The clothes exhibited Browne's knack for craftsmanship but looked like the costume collection from a Tim Burton movie, with wildly exaggerated sleeves and shoulders and a vaguely Victorian look.



Like all designers, Prabal Gurung prepped for months to put on a show that lasted less than 15 minutes. The show got a lot of attention, but not just for the clothes. A streaker wearing an animal-print G-string, a party crown, bright red tube socks and loafers ran onstage and knelt before a model, who never broke her model stare. At an after-party, Gurung responded with humor, handing out similar crowns to his friends.



Celebrity sightings are a major part of Fashion Week. Here are some we saw:

Carrie Underwood at Peter Som and Rebecca Minkoff. Oscar supporting-actor nominee Jared Leto at Jeremy Scott. Supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong'o at Calvin Klein (alongside Naomi Watts). Michael Douglas, Blake Lively and Freida Pinto at Michael Kors. "Orange is the New Black" actress Samira Wiley -- in an orange jumpsuit! -- at BCBG Max Azria. David Beckham, taking a selfie with his toddler daughter, at Victoria Beckham of course. Chelsea Clinton alongside rocker Bono at Edun.

Others: Katie Holmes and Hugh Jackman at Donna Karan. Jon Bon Jovi at Kenneth Cole. Lil' Kim at The Blonds, with a baby bump! Actress Anna Kendrick, everywhere.

Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn missed the Sochi games because of a knee injury, but she walked the runway at the Red Dress Collection, a show that promotes awareness of heart disease. She raised her crutches in the air like ski poles.

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