Fashion rocks New York

Beyonce put on shimmery hot pants and Rod Stewart wore a three-piece suit as fashion rocked in New York.

Beyonce put on shimmery hot pants and Rod Stewart wore a three-piece suit as fashion rocked in New York.

Beyonce and Stewart, along with Avril Lavigne, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Andre 3000, Usher and Hoobastank, performed at a special style-themed concert at Radio City Music Hall held as part of New York Fashion Week.

Music is a mix of sound and style, said host Denis Leary.

”Rock stars dress up like beautiful women. My first crush was David Bowie,” he said in one of his milder quips to the stylish crowd that included several front rows filled with professional models.

Rocker Marilyn Manson appeared in his signature gothic black when he introduced Lavigne, who, according to Manson, is someone who understands that style is about individuality since she wears ties with T-shirts.

Blige, strutting the stage in a white fedora and all-white outfit, knocked the socks off the audience while singing covers of Elton John’s Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word and Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart. She added a little bling with a few shakes of a jewel-encrusted tambourine.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys made the fringe of her ice-blue flapper-style dress dance when she performed Heartburn.

Two musical highlights of the concert came when unannounced guests appeared on-stage John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls joined Lavigne for a duet of Rzeznik’s Iris.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones performed with Rod Stewart, who changed into jeans, for Maggie May.

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