NEW YORK — "Today is like race day for me," Susan Dell said. "They’re coming down the runway, so to speak."

Actually, a model wearing Dell’s black stretch tulle skirt and a silk jersey top has taken two steps forward on a roll of white paper, then two steps back, two forward, two back over and over again, more often than not stepping right out of her sandal pumps in an unassuming midtown Manhattan studio where the Texan designer is digitally photographing her spring collection. It might be light-years from the runways of Paris and Milan, even from nearby Bryant Park, but for Dell, the wife of one of America’s richest computer entrepreneurs and a novice fashion designer herself, those steps are the equivalent of giant leaps when considered within the framework of her three-year-old collection.

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