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Whitney Pozgay, a young designer, takes her fashion cue from the Riot Grrrl revolution. Elsewhere during New York Fashion Week, Spanish retailer Desigual celebrated female curves in a way that seemed almost subversive on the runway.

Designer Whitney Pozgay poses in front of her Spring 2015 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.Credit: Jan Paschal(WOMENSENEWS) — Of all the shows in New York Fashion Week wrapping up today, one stands out for its feminist take: “Girls to the Front.” New York-based designer Whitney Pozgay used that rallying cry from the girl power movement of the 1990s to name her Spring 2015 presentation for WHIT, the label she launched five years ago. She offered styles that are feminine but not sickly sweet most for day or for play though some dresses and even the jumpsuit could easily go out at night. Freedom of movement ruled the WHIT line of clothes and shoes for spring and summer: No fashion victims here. In a break from the monotone of most runway casting, Pozgay showed her collection on an unusually diverse cast of about a dozen models.

Even the shoes in the WHIT + Jacques Levine Spring 2015 line combined style and comfort a refreshing departure from the vertigo-inducing stilettos that cause some models to fall on the runways every season. Sam Calvanio of Jacques Levine, the fourth generation to run his family’s New York-based shoe business, designed the footwear for the line. “My favorites are the sneakers and the Chuck Taylors,” Calvanio said, showing the slip-on silver metallic sneakers and the high-top sneakers in synthetic leather with a zigzag stripe. Espadrilles played a big part in the collection, some in silver metallic with a Mary Jane strap.


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