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NY1 News covers the fashion scene in NYC with a look at the Spring 2015 collections being shown under the tents at Lincoln Center and beyond. Get updates on Twitter @NY1fashion.

Fashion Week: Vivienne Tam Heads To Shanghai, Diane Von Furstenberg Builds An Oasis

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Designers Vivienne Tam and Diane Von Furstenberg presented their spring 2014 collections this week to eager and loyal fashionistas. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.

Vivienne Tam presented her colorful spring 2014 collection at fashion week in the tents.

Vivienne took inspiration from Shanghai before communist rule.

"The 30's shy girl is very glamorous. They have the set hair the uniform dressing with the mandarin collar long, the dresses," says Tam. "The prints are very different - they're plaids, the flowers, the stripes really beautiful, geometric like flower prints mixed together."

From Vivienne Tam, we now check out a fashion icon, Diane Von Furstenberg. This season Diane is looking for a place of peace for her clients.

"The inspiration is called oasis and it is called oasis because in a world that's very terrifying and sometimes grim, I thought it was important to create an oasis of happiness and color," says Von Furstenberg.

She shared with us a bit about the creative process.

"You have to imagine it like cooking. While you cook you some save some things for the next meal. It's not like boom like a book you close a book and you start again. It's like an ongoing symphony," says Von Furstenberg.

At DVF one of the true super models Naomi Campbell closed the show but Diane's focus on women doesn't end on the runway.

"My mission in life is to empower women and I do it with my work trying to make them beautiful and giving them things what they want and. I do it through mentoring because now I am old enough to. I do it through philanthropy because that is what you do you when you are successful, you give back and women is where I am concerned with," says Von Furstenberg.

And part of empowering women are the annual DVF awards where she recognizes women in communities that who have made a difference. It is now in its fourth year.

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