Designers unveiled possible red-carpet stunners at the Oscars on Sunday at the recently concluded New York Fashion Week, with an accent on super-luxe gowns

Published Fri, Feb 20, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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WITH grandiose gowns, skin-skimming dresses and a nod to old Hollywood glamour, designers in New York served up couture treats to entice fashion's elite ahead of the world's most-watched runway at Sunday's Academy Awards red carpet.

With stylists eyeing the Fall/Winter collections at New York Fashion Week - from Feb 12 to Feb 19 - in search of the perfect Oscars dress for their A-list clients, the stakes were high for designers as they opted for sophisticated elegance on the runway. "It moves the needle in terms of publicity and recognition," said James Mischka, of the design duo Badgley Mischka, about being featured on the red carpet. "It can make a career." Mischka and his partner, Mark Badgley, harkened back to old Hollywood style with dramatic, ornate gowns in rich brocades of red, black and blue, and long, shimmering dresses inspired by the 1941 bull-fighting film Blood and Sand starring Tyrone Power.

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