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New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

Models walk the runway during the Song Jung Wan fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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It wasn't hard to imagine tossing on one of the lightweight dresses or swimsuits gracing the runways during the first half of New York Fashion Week. They were, after all, being shown during the second hottest start to September in more than two decades.

Just as the freezing temperatures and snowfall that accompanied the fall collections in February conjured thoughts of wearability, the out-of-season showing of the spring 2015 collections felt very of-the-moment.

Click ahead to see images behind the scenes and on the runway at shows from Lincoln Center to the West Village during New York Fashion Week.

By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson
Posted 9 Sept. 2014

Kate Spade

Models pose at the Kate Spade presentation during MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Kate Spade Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd covered the floor at Chelsea's Center 548 with real blades of grass for her spring 2015 show. "I love the possibilities of spring and when you see those green shoots come through," Lloyd said.

Backstage at Vivienne Tam

A model gets her hair done backstage at the Vivienne Tam fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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A model prepares to walk the runway at Vivienne Tam's spring show at Lincoln Center.

Adriana Lima at Desigual

Model Adriana Lima walks in the Desigual fashion show during MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Victoria's Secret bombshell Adriana Lima brought a dose of fun to the always lively Desigual runway, tossing rose petals during the finale.

Rebecca Minkoff

Models walk the runway during the Rebecca Minkoff fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Cool blues were one of the most in-demand colors for spring, and it was evident during Rebecca Minkoff's show.

Charlotte Ronson

Models pose during the Charlotte Ronson presentation at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Charlotte Ronson moved her presentation to Lincoln Center this season, where she showed lots of breezy dresses.

Lacoste

Models walk the runway at the Lacoste show during MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista drew inspiration from sailing and yachting for spring.

Backstage at Custo Barcelona

A model poses backstage at the Custo Barcelona show at MBFW Spring 2014 in New York.
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A model prepares to walk the runway at Custo Barcelona's unisex show at Lincoln Center.

Custo Barcelona

Models walk the runway during the Custo Barcelona fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Skin was in at Custo Barcelona, which showcased swimwear and cutout designs.

Nicole Miller

Models walk the runway during the Nicole Miller fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Palm trees served as the tropical backdrop for Nicole Miller's spring show, which channeled the tropical paradise of Brazil.

Herve Leger

Models walk the runway during the Herve Leger fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Herve Leger is basically synonymous with body-hugging dresses. For spring, designers Max and Lubov Azria delivered on that expectation, but also brought swimwear into the equation.

Max and Lubov Azria

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The husband-and-wife design duo were met with applause following their spring Herve Leger show. They also power the BCBG line, which showed two days earlier.

Backstage at Marissa Webb

A model poses backstage at the Marissa Webb fashion show during MBFW Spring 2014 in New York.
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Behind the scenes at Marissa Webb's spring show at Lincoln Center.

Marissa Webb

Models walk the runway during the Marissa Webb fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Is this a preview of things to come at Banana Republic? Designer Marissa Webb, who showed her spring collection on Thursday, recently accepted a gig at the Gap-owned fashion label.

Backstage at Custo Barcelona

A model poses backstage at the Custo Barcelona show at MBFW Spring 2014 in New York.
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A peek behind the scenes at Custo Barcelona's show.

Rebecca Minkoff in 3-D

Models wearing 3D graphics during the Rebecca Minkoff fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Models and showgoers put on 3-D glasses for a series of looks at the designer's spring show. Minkoff furthered her high-tech resume by also debuting a smart bracelet.

Backstage at Tadashi Shoji

A model gets her hair done backstage at the Tadashi Shoji fashion show at MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Hairstylists got to work creating a braided updo for Tadashi Shoji's show.

Vivienne Tam finale

Models walk in the finale at the Vivienne Tam fashion show during MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Vivienne Tam's beautifully intricate designs were "inspired by the rich textures and vivid colors of the decorative treasures housed in the Forbidden Palace."

Desigual finale

Models at the Desigual fashion show during MBFW Spring 2015 in New York.
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Although there may have been some confusion about who was holding which sign, Desigual's cheeky finale wasn't short on smiling models.