NY Fashion Week, Day 5: Browne, Herrera, Cole

The Associated Press Published:

Thom Browne, Carolina Herrera, Kenneth Cole and Zac Posen were among the designers presenting their fall-winter collections Monday on the fifth day of New York Fashion Week.

Shows were being held at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center and at various locations throughout the city.

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OPENING CEREMONY DESIGNERS HAVE A CHOCOLATE WALL

It was difficult to pay attention to the clothes as chocolate oozed down a massive white wall throughout the Sunday- night runway show for the design house Opening Ceremony.

Inspired by a trip to Belgium, designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim wanted their fall-winter presentation to be a treat for the senses.

Many attendees couldn't stop themselves from dipping their fingers in the chocolate oozing down the walls.

"My mind is blown," said Joe Jonas as he realized what was happening.

"It does smell like something is baking," said singer Kelly Rowland, a judge on "The X Factor," which recently ended its final season, as she sat in the front row. "That might be a problem. I might have to contain myself. I'm a chocolate fiend!"

Luckily she didn't have to wait too long for a fix, as mugs of hot chocolate were handed to guests as they left the building.

Male models were layered up with turtlenecks and thick wool coats worn over quilted, knee-length shirts, perfect for the snowy weather outside the downtown venue.

Standouts from the women's collection included flowing skirts with extreme, asymmetrical hemlines, some featuring cutouts around the knees. There was also a playful, sequined pink-and-purple dot pattern found on tops, skirts and the final look -- a long-sleeve peplum paired with simple, black trousers.

--Nicole Evatt, http://www.twitter.com/NicoleEvatt