(CBS/AP) Vera Wang, Tory Burch and J. Crew transported its runway far from city-life in New York to a different time and a different place at Fashion Week on Tuesday.
For Vera Wang it was an idealized India. Designer Tory Burch channeled preppy Americans out on an adventure. J. Crew had in mind a beach vacation.
Vera Wang's India-inspired clothes were quiet, delicate and lovely, sometimes requiring a trained eye to notice Wang's nod to the Nehru collar or choli jacket. They invoked India without ornate trappings or touristy gimmicks.
Wang's A-list crowd (Stacy Keibler caused a front-row frenzy) could appreciate the soutache embroidery, which looks a bit like braided lace, that decorated a white sleeveless V-neck shift, and the chartreuse brocade peplum top with gold jeweled epaulettes paired with a chantilly hand-pieced lace sheath.
"The collection is out of India, but India is just the starting point," Wang said in a backstage interview. "There is no belly dancing, there are no sarongs, there are no saris. It is about the sort of discipline about Indian men's clothes like Nehru, against the mystery and sensuality of Indian women - but not literally."
Don't be surprised if some of these looks head out to Hollywood later this month for the Emmy Awards. "Well, that is a possibility. That is a distinct possibility," Wang said.
The same goes for Badgley Mischka, whose collection included many ethereal pastel gowns that could be snatched up for the Emmys. Stars seen in the front row at the designer's show included Lauren Conrad, "30 Rock's" Katrina Bowden, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kevin and Danielle Jonas, and Fierce Five gymnast Aly Raisman.
Fashion Week continues through Thursday before the fashion crowd heads to London, Milan and Paris.