AP PHOTOS: A look at New York Fashion Week on the street (VIDEO)

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AP PHOTOS: A look at New York Fashion Week on the street

NEW YORK (Associated Press) — From a 6-year-old Instagram influencer, Taylen Biggs, to a legend in the industry, Vogue’s former editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, New York Fashion Week is just as much fun on the streets outside the shows as the gatherings indoors.

Associated Press photographer Mark Lennihan captured some of the sidewalk action as the frenetic week of fashion shows wound down in New York and industry influencers, buyers and media move on to the next round, London Fashion Week that begins Saturday.

Taylen Biggs, 6, poses for photos outside of a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Lennihan also captured some of the dazzle in model Lameka Fox’s belted fur coat. Harlem fashion legend Dapper Dan snapped photos with fans dressed in a yellow print bow tie and matching scarf.

Talley, of course, wore one of his signature caftans emblazoned on the back with “Gucci” in honor of Dapper Dan’s collaboration with the brand.

Argentine designer Mery Garavilla poses for photographers in one of her designs after attending a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Sabrina-Anne Sarpong, founder of British media platform DSTNGR, poses for photographers outside a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Cici Celia, with thefashiongazette.com, poses for a photo while waiting to attend a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Actor Colton Haynes, left, poses with Jasper Brown, of Women’s Wear Daily, and Tiffany Battle, right, with The Werk! Place, pose during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Model Lameka Fox arrives for a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Pablo Starr, left, the owner Fashion Week Online and Karston Tannis pose for photos before attending a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A model wears high-heeled boots while arriving for a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Fashion journalist Andre Leon Talley walks outside a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. He wears a cape with the name “Dapper Dan.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Fashionistas wait in line to enter a show during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Prabal Gurung celebrates the churning creative energy of NYC

The Prabal Gurung FW20 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
NEW YORK (Associated Press) — In celebration of the grit and eclectic glamour of his adopted New York City, Prabal Gurung staged his New York Fashion Week show Tuesday night at the famed Rainbow Room high above Midtown with his favorite street musician on a piano emblazoned with the message: “This Machine Kills Fascists.”

But Gurung, a fashion darling who has dressed Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Oprah Winfrey, went distinctly non-political this go-around, choosing to honor the city’s impossible dreamers and creative energy instead in a colorful, sensuous collection that included a strapless ice blue taffeta gown made of recycled plastic bottles. Last September, he draped models in beauty pageant style sashes that read: “Who Gets to be American?”

In the Rainbow Room, the Nepal native put out looks of black, white and jewel tones, along with lively surrealist floral prints by the painter Isabelle Menin as Washington Square Park pianist Colin Huggins played while models from around the globe in a range of sizes and ages walked a circular runway.

He showed evening gowns along with jacket and trouser sets, and elegant coats and jackets. There was one coat in mint and a jacket in white with fluttery ostrich feathers. Expressing the dichotomy of New York’s boroughs and neighborhoods, from high society to bohemian, Gurung included a Fair Isle turtleneck, a tartan draped dress in ivory and black, and a leopard print coat with matching boots, all after Huggins opened the show with a rousing rendition of the Frank Sinatra standard “New York, New York.”

“There’s no place like New York,” Gurung told The Associated Press backstage. “I left Nepal 20 years ago to come here because I wanted to live my American dream. I wanted to come to the Rainbow Room because it’s such an iconic place. … I wanted to remind all of us why we do what we do when the relevance of New New York Fashion Week and the city itself is being questioned. Let’s not forgot what it stands for. It’s a true melting pot of diversity.”

Gurung lives near Washington Square Park and since his days at the Parsons School of Design has taken solace there, sketching and often listening to Huggins play the piano. He was thrilled when the classical pianist agreed to compose music for his show, matching the emotion of the collection at Gurung’s direction.

“I used to miss home, and classical music always calms me down,” Gurung said. “There are so many memories attached to Colin and his music in Washington Square Park.”

As for the taffeta gown made of recycled bottles, he said he wanted to do his part in an industry counted among the world’s greatest polluters.

“If you can just do the smallest bit we can collectively become such a force,” he said.

Gurung also worked in a different shade of blue from the bottle dress with a crystal-encrusted neckline. It was a sky blue color he used in a voluminous skirt worn with a feather-adorned oxblood turtleneck, and for a riot of taffeta at the shoulders of a low cut top worn with black trousers and long black gloves.

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