Gold Medalists Score at New York Fashion Week

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During this year's New York Fashion Week, everyone seemed obsessed with gold - in particular Olympic gold.  Nearly 200 designers previewed their spring collections in New York including Venus Williams, fresh from her a fourth straight gold medal in London, who debuted her fashion line EleVen. Gold medal figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi, also debuted a new activewear line. Olympic soccer star and fan favorite Alex Morgan made her catwalk debut donning a wild hairdo and a colorful outfit to match. Sanya Richards-Ross, who won gold in the 400m at the 2012 Olympics, hit up several shows, including Peter Som and Max Azria. Fashion maven Maria Sharapova was front row for Victoria Beckham's show but if medals were awarded for attending the most shows, five-time gold medalist Ryan Lochte would be back on top of the podium. Heather, from A Glam Slam, takes a look at all the Olympians (as well as NBA players and other athletes) who made a showing at Fashion Week. ~js

Anna Wintour and Maria Sharapova in the front row for the Victoria Beckham show New York Fashion Week for Spring/ Summer 2013 , Sunday 9th September 2012. (Credit Image: © Stephen Lock/i-Images/

The fusion of fashion and sports was evident throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with another season marked by sports-influences on the runway and sports stars in attendance. In recent years it has become commonplace to see athletes seated front row, among fashion’s biggest players, to survey new trends. Athletes across the sports spectrum were in New York this past week to view the Spring/Summer 2013 collections.

Fresh off their medal-winning performances at the London Games, Olympians were a big draw for designers. The week provided an opportunity for these athletes to extend their time in the limelight and fashion houses were happy to oblige. Olympic competitors became the “it” fixtures in show front rows, accessorized in their gold medals.