Bright colors rule the runway at Fashion Week

Models walk the runway at the Jason Wu Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Center 548 on Sept. 9, 2011, in New York.

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A touch of nerves over a terrorist alert permeated the second day of Fashion Week as the industry ran to and fro on Friday through stepped-up security on road and rail.

National Guard troops and transit police with assault rifles watched crowds at Penn Station and stopped vehicles at the 59th Street bridge in Manhattan after counterterrorism officials received a tip of a possible al-Qaida car bombing in New York City or Washington around the Sept. 11 anniversary Sunday.

"We're taking the threat seriously and are in constant contact with city and police officials,'' said Zach Eichman, a spokesman for IMG, which runs the eight-day series of spring previews at Lincoln Center.

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Actress Ashley Tisdale, on the front row at Luca Luca and Rebecca Taylor, was also mindful. "I think we're always on alert, but I feel safe,'' she said.

Meanwhile, optimism prevailed on the runways for next season's style on the second day of shows for editors, retailers and stylists.

Jason Wu debuted a collection fit for modern sophisticates who aren't fussy or stuffy. Inspired by pop art, he went with "electrified embroideries" that mixed sequins, beads and pearls, and flashes of bright yellow, pink and blue, that still fell in line with his classic, ladylike look.

Peter Som's favorite tropical colors, clean shapes, rich textures and occasional quirky prints were everywhere on his runway. For next season, he also loves flowers and feathers.

At Luca Luca, bright hues of blue, green and pink wove through the collection. Long evening dresses came down the runway, alongside chic pants, shorts and jackets. All the models wore their hair down in loose curls, with some sporting colorful matching turbans.

The "Project Runway" event featured the nine remaining contestants from the show's current season, who each got to show a collection. The crowd seemed to like the bright, breezy style of Anya Ayoung Chee. Her designs included a long, silky colorful dress with a metallic halter strap.


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