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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: B. Michael Imbues Couture With Giverny's French Impressions

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Fashion week is over, but the industry is still buzzing about B. Michael's show, which attracted some of Broadway's biggest stars and an eye-catching collection to match. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.

When designer B. Michael's show wrapped up at Lincoln Center, the crowd jumped to their feet, and it's easy to see why.

B. Michael America's couture collection for next spring is a luscious landscape, filled with luxurious fabrics and bursts of color.

The designer says he was inspired by a legendary french painter.

"Lots of color. I visited Giverny, which is the garden and chateau of Claude Monet, and you'll just see it from my point of view," B. Michael says.

The French Impressionist would be proud - flattered even - to see his brushstrokes recreated not on canvas, but on this work of art on fabric.

"He has taken the beautiful flowers that he saw in France this summer - the lilacs, the beautiful blues and greens - and it really is resonating throughout this collection," says philanthropist Kathryn Chenault.

"I don't know how much it costs, but I need a dress, I find somebody someone to pay for a dress for me," says television personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

NY1 was seated front row with the award-winning cast from Broadway's "A Trip to Bountiful."

Tony Award Winning Best Actress Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. say it was a trip to beautiful.

"I think he's phenomenal," Gooding Jr. says. "I think he has really strong energy. His look is vibrant, and Cecily and I have been working together the last year, and whenever she steps out, she steps out right when she's wearing his stuff."

"I am thrilled beyond belief," Tyson says. "It was absolutely spectacular. When I think he can't do any better, he doubles that."

The finale, which featured legendary model Luciera, is where B. Michael doubled down.

Talk about "strike a pose."

"This is when I'm not miracle working. With certain designers, I have to miracle work. Here, all I have to do is show up and put on a B. Michael baby, that's all," Luciera says.

Red carpet, here we come.

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