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In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a model walks the runway in the Ori Minkovsky show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating regional tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, Israeli security guards stand on the red carpet on the opening night of Tel Aviv fashion week. Security was tight at the event with personnel on guard around the clock but the measure was widely accepted in good spirits as a necessity by visitors. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, a model has her makeup done backstage on the opening night of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Viktoria Kanar of GeekChicTLV, a fashion PR company that brought media to the event, said there has been great interest by foreign buyers for stores in the US and Europe for the latest Israeli designs. She said the show this year was bigger than in the past _ a sign that Israel's small fashion industry is gaining popularity internationally. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a reporter smokes a cigarette backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. This year the show celebrated "unprecedented acclaim" for Israeli fashion as the industries prestigious Business of Fashion ranked Israel's Shenkar College of Fashion Design Department as the fifth most influential fashion school in the world. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, models wait before walking on the runway in the sample show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating regional tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, models take a break between shows during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was fashion under fire for Israelis at this year's Tel Aviv fashion week, which showcased its local talent to international fashionistas even as a rash of deadly violence had the country on edge. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a model walks the runway in the Yaron Minkovsky show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The plush interior of the space was in jarring contrast to the construction site outside by the same sponsor of the event itself, hence the name Gindi Tel Aviv Fashion Week. The company is building a mall with a focus on fashion.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a model walks the runway in the Yaron Minkovsky show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Two of the more established designers, Dodo Bar Or and Yaron Minkovski, displayed evening dresses created out of traditional Arab headscarves. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, a model gets dressed backstage on the opening night of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shows included a mix of winter and summer collections, with many pieces dominated by flowery prints, while others exposed clean geometric lines, using leather fabrics suitable for European and American audiences. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, models get dressed backstage on the opening night of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, Israeli model Bar Refaeli waits before walks on the runway during the opening night of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 photo, Israeli model Bar Refaeli walks on the runway during the opening night of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, people arrive for a show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, an Israeli fashion stylist smokes a cigarette backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Organizers say the event was a great success, both in terms of collections and attendance, despite the ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, a model talks on the phone in backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. This yearâs show took place after the popular Business of Fashion website ranked Israel's Shenkar College of Fashion Design department as the fifth most influential fashion school in the world. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
in this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, Israeli women pose for photographer backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, dresses hang on a rack backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Security was tight at the Tel Aviv event. With guards posted around the clock, the measures were widely accepted in good spirits as a necessity by visitors. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, models get their hair done in backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, a makeup artist takes a photo of a model backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, models get dressed backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a model waits for the next show in backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, people arrive for a show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Viktoria Kanar of GeekChicTLV, a fashion PR company that brought media to the event, said more than 1,200 people attended each separate show _ eight a day over the past week.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, models get dressed backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, Makeup artists watch a fashion show on TV screen backstage during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shows included a mix of winter and summer collections, with many pieces dominated by flowery prints, while others exposed clean geometric lines, using leather fabrics suitable for European and American audiences.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, Guests watch a fashion show during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. Security was tight at the Tel Aviv event. With guards posted around the clock, the measures were widely accepted as a necessity by visitors. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, a steward stands near the catwalk at a fashion show part of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, a model poses for photographer just before walks on the runway during Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 photo, models walk the runway during a show part of Fashion Week in Tel Aviv, Israel. This yearâs show took place after the popular Business of Fashion website ranked Israel's Shenkar College of Fashion Design department as the fifth most influential fashion school in the world. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — This year's Tel Aviv fashion week showcased local talent to international fashionistas even as a rash of deadly violence had Israel on edge.

Organizers say the event was a great success, both in terms of collections and attendance, despite the tensions.

Viktoria Kanar of GeekChicTLV, a fashion PR company that brought media to the event, said more than 1,200 people attended each separate show — eight a day over the past week.

Kanar said there was great interest in Israeli designs by foreign buyers for stores in the U.S. and Europe. She said the show this year was bigger than in the past — a sign that Israel's small fashion industry is gaining popularity internationally. Even shows by young designers who are not very well known were fully booked, Kanar said.

This year's show took place after the popular Business of Fashion website ranked Israel's Shenkar College of Fashion Design department as the fifth most influential fashion school in the world. Kanar said spectators "especially loved" designs by students from the school.

The show came at a time of escalating tensions that began with clashes at a Jerusalem holy site last month and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. In all, 10 Israelis have been killed in a string of attacks, mostly stabbings. On the Palestinian side, 48 people have been killed by Israeli fire, 27 of them identified by Israel as attackers.

Security was tight at the Tel Aviv event. With guards posted around the clock, the measures were widely accepted as a necessity by visitors.

Shows included a mix of winter and summer collections, with many pieces dominated by flowery prints, while others exposed clean geometric lines, using leather fabrics suitable for European and American audiences.

Two of the more established designers, Dodo Bar Or and Yaron Minkovski, displayed evening dresses created out of traditional Arab headscarves.

Models from the young women's wear brand Common Raven wore earrings shaped into an Islamic crescent moon combined with a Jewish Star of David and a Christian cross.

Another crowd favorite was ready-to wear fashion by Gadi Elimelech featuring a collection inspired by the world of insects. He used a microscope to study the natural beauty of butterflies and ladybugs and then interpreted their intricate designs on silk, chiffon and velvet fabrics.

Other designers included Israel's veteran Maskit as well as Nouveau Riche Dig, Rimma Romano, Shani Zimmerman and others.

The plush interior of the space was in jarring contrast to the construction site outside where Gindi, the sponsor of the event, is building a mall with a focus on fashion.

Motty Reis, chief producer of Tel Aviv Fashion Week, is also the mall's artistic director and said it will include space for young designers to sell their collections rent free.

Here is a series of photos by Associated Press photographer Oded Balilty.

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