What more appropriate ending for New York Fashion Week than chic cowgirls, courtesy of Ralph Lauren? While we're sad to say goodbye to the Big Apple, the next stop is London and we can't wait to see firsthand what our favourite designers have thought up for next season...Don't miss our coverage from the shows!
Go West: Ralph Lauren delivered a collection specialising in what he does best: a celebration of Americana. His urban cowgirl was dressed in a palette of white, brown, sky blue and silver. Embellishment was key, from the fringe liberally hanging off leather jackets and trousers and falling in beads from eveningwear pieces, to the lacy and ruffled Victoriana-style trims on blouses and dresses. Accessories were also high-impact, with Navajo blanket bags, oversized belt buckles and dramatic chokers with stones. Lasso up.
Oh pioneers: Anna Sui celebrated two decades in the fashion industry with her signature baby doll dresses and eclectic prints. Fitting in with this season's arts-and-craftsy mood, there were crocheted jumpers and patchworked skirts -- the perfect festival fare for boho babes.
Flower power: Oscar de la Renta unleashed a garden for spring, with florals appearing in prints, appliqués and trims on pretty summer dresses and chic jackets. The evening looks were divinely extravagant with great swathes of tulle and chiffon encasing models. We wonder which one fashionista (and front-rower) Sarah Jessica Parker will be sporting soon?
Totally pure: Front-rowers Julianne Moore, Katie Holmes and Daphne Guinness took in the minimalist sexiness of Francisco Costa's s/s 2011 collection. His recipe for totally divine, fuss-free clothes? A simple palette (white, black, blue and red), sleek and precise silhouettes and gorgeous fabrics like double-faced silks.
Get inked: Who knew the office photocopier could inspire a fashion collection? It did for Isaac Mizrahi, whose s/s 2011 effort was entitled IM Xerox and who opened the collection with simple white looks featuring ink-effect trompe d'oeil buttons and pockets, designed to look just like photocopies.
Legs of L.A.M.B: Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. show closed up fashion week, and this season tribal motifs were on the menu, with ikat and African fabric-inspired prints on dresses, crop tops and shorts. Rock chicks like Debbie Harry and Mel B were front row.
Glamour girls: Stylist, designer and Mick Jagger's other half L'Wren Scott catered to red carpet sirens with slinky, body-hugging gowns in satin and sequins. By day, her girls wore velvet blazers, body con skirts and lingerie-inspired looks in sheer fabrics and delicate silks.
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