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25 dazzling gowns from New York fashion week

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 38

Just about every spring 2014 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week ended with a showstopping gown — or several. Here are some favorites that will be in stores after the first of the year or at trunk shows in the next few months:

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Color was lacking in many collections, but not at Ralph Lauren. The designer's mod lineup featured glorious shades, like this cobalt blue silk gazar gown worn by mode-of-moment Karlie Kloss. Girls co-star Allison Williams wore this gown to the Emmys.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 J. Mendel

J. Mendel closed his show with a stunning black graphic lace embroidered gown. It looks even sexier in person.

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Carolina Herrera, spring 2014 look 44

Carolina Herrera's spring collection featured nontraditional spring colors and overlays that create an optical illusion. Shown here, model Hilary Rhoda in a shell pink and crimson silk crepe gown with embellished tulle overlay.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Oscar de la Renta Look 51

Oscar de la Renta remains a favorite of Texas socialites because he continues to create show-stopping gowns that get noticed. Here, he closed his show with model Joan Smalls in a frothy citrine silk faille and tulle with black filigree embroidery.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci creates classic couture-quality gowns. Shown here, an elegant nude knitted sheath and cardigan.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Donna Karan Look 32

Donna Karan often experiments with tribal prints and asymmetrical draping Here, model Karlie Kloss wears a musk/black jet embroidered block printed stretch silk chiffon evening gown.

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Marchesa look 23 spring collection 2014

The Marchesa lingerie-inspired collection included this attention-getting black gown with white floral embroidery.

Naeem Khan has a strong Texas following for his distinctive gowns. For spring, his collection centers on the romance and vibrant colors in Latin culture, with a Spanish rose theme.

Shown here, floral embroidered one-shoulder trumpet gown (left) and floral embroidered dolman sleeve georgette caftan gown with back cutout.

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Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014

Bibhu Mohapatra's well-crafted collection includes this onyx fracture faille gown with draped skirt.

Badgley Mischka's strapless red gown is a classic that never goes out of style.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 1 Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg usually concentrates on daywear, but her foray into evening takes a dramatic turn with this strapless gown in a copper shade with 3-D undertones worn by model Karlie Kloss.

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Nicole Miller gown spring 2014 collection

Nicole Miller closed her runway show with this scroll applique black and ivory silk gown.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tory Burch Look 27

Tory Burch ventures into eveningwear with this jeweled Queen Anne's lace print organza gown that has an easy, breezy feeling.

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Monique Lhuillier gown spring collection 2014

Queen of the night Monique Lhuillier goes for a softer, more casual evening look in this floral long skirt and peach crop top.

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BCBG Max Aria gown fashion week spring 2014

BCBG Max Azria black lace and tulle gown.

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Tadashi Shoji gown fashion week spring 2014

Celebrating his 30th year in business, Tadashi Shoji has drawn a red-carpet following from stars like Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. Shown here, an off-white column sequined gown with feathered hem.

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Carmen Marc Valvo gown spring collection 2014

Carmen Marc Valvo closed his show with a black double face leather and organza ball gown.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 3 Zac Posen

Zac Posen's peach silk chiffon and mikado corseted ruffle gown accentuates a curvy body.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera smoky and shell pink kinetic square print viscose gown with silk organza overlay and smoky umber with black peplum mesh belt.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Oscar de la Renta Look 41

Oscar de la Renta strapless teal gown. Mad Men's Jessica Pare wore this gown to the Emmys.

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Rebecca Minkoff, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Sept. 2013

Rebecca Minkoff floral gown exudes a springtime flair.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Oscar de la Renta Look 48

Oscar de la Renta is in a colorful mood for spring with a coral strapless gown with tulle skirt.

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Carolina Herrera, spring 2014 look 16

Carolina Herrera ivory silk crepe top and sienna silk crepe long skirt.

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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Rucci

Ralph Rucci black paper rose jacket and evening slacks.

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Bibhu Mohapatra gown spring collection 2014

Bibhu Mohapatra sage pleated mousseline gown with fractured detail cage.