Luke Aaron shows his swoon-worthy frocks in New York

For his New York Fashion Week debut, Luke Aaron (above) set up a high tea, with models perched on settees and posed against a wall of bookcases.
For his New York Fashion Week debut, Luke Aaron (above) set up a high tea, with models perched on settees and posed against a wall of bookcases.Photos by Nadav Neuhaus

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NEW YORK — It was a year ago that Luke Aaron made his runway debut at Boston Fashion Week. The tall, droll designer applied for a time slot, competing against dozens of other designers for the chance, and showed a collection that looked like a modern take on Grace Kelly’s feminine ensembles in “Rear Window” or “To Catch a Thief.”

Since then, Aaron has become the closest thing to a fashion phenomenon that Boston has seen in years. There is near-unanimous praise for the Boise native’s work, and he doesn’t shy away from reinterpreting swoon-worthy romantic frocks of yore. Local magazines have declared him Boston’s best new designer. Many of the city’s fashion players have taken a shine to his sweetheart dresses and ready-to-wear jackets.

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