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New York Fashion Week: It's showtime!

New York Fashion Week has kicked off, heralding the start of a four-week international fashion frenzy, with London, Milan and Paris following in quick succession.

To predict what we'll see on Manhattan's key spring/summer 2013 runways is to pull off sooth-saying feats, but there are some safe bets to be made.

4 Corners Of A Circle kicks off New York Fashion Week S/S 2013 with style - but the big-name designer shows will get ...
4 Corners Of A Circle kicks off New York Fashion Week S/S 2013 with style - but the big-name designer shows will get underway today. 

The show-stoppers will be New York-based Marc Jacobs, certified queen of American threads and head of the CFDA, Diane von Furstenberg, and American fashion demi-god, Ralph Lauren.

For the last two seasons, Lauren has sent models down the catwalk in Great Gatsby-esque style, cloche hats, plus-fours, dropped waists and dangling strings of beads at the ready, giving onlookers the distinctive feel that Daisy Buchanan could come bowling around the corner at any moment.

Ralph Lauren A/W 2012 saw a Great Gatsby-esque presentation.
Ralph Lauren A/W 2012 saw a Great Gatsby-esque presentation. 

Marc Jacobs piled whimsy onto his last runway foray, dressing models in oversized, fluffy hats, giant droop-necked knits, pencil skirts and theatrical, buckled, clomping mid-heels. As far as spectacles go, it delivered.

But, as much as the stalwarts of NYFW will garner well-deserved attention, many eyes-in-the-know will be turned to some of its newer faces.

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That is, to those for whom fashion may not be their prime notoriety: enter Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham.

Beckham is well into carving a spectacular fashion career, her designs having been heaped with praise by everyone from Anna Wintour (who sat next to David Beckham at the last show) to Elle Macpherson. Form-fitting, sculptured, flattering and not for the faint-hearted, the ex-Spice Girl's power dresses have quickly become a regular fixture on her New York runways, despite only showing for the first time in 2008.

Marc Jacobs A/W 2012 was a bombastic show replete with oversized fluffy hats.
Marc Jacobs A/W 2012 was a bombastic show replete with oversized fluffy hats. 

The picture is not quite the same for VB's one-time best friend Holmes, who is this week showing at NYFW for the first time.

Her label, Holmes & Yang, has likely provided welcome distraction for the ex-Mrs Tom Cruise in recent months - a high-profile divorce and swiftly settled agreement providing the kind of roadblock most designers would dread in the run-up to Lincoln Center's high-pressure circus.

A conservative style, punctuated by the odd exclamation mark of colour - a crimson shirt, say - tends to characterise the infant label, but whether its leading lady's newfound single status and indeed her new contract as the face of Bobby Brown make-up will infiltrate into the collection, we will have to wait and see.

And, on other fronts, we look forward to the uber-styling of one of Michelle Obama's favourites, one-time costumier Barbara Tfank, and the red carpet opulence of Oscar de la Renta, who most recently dressed Ann Romney for her RNC speech.

Let the catwalking commence.