Designers spin '70s vibe for winter looks at New York Fashion Week

Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:08pm EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hemlines fell, sultry dresses hugged the body and tailored coats with generous fur trim oozed elegance on the runway as designers at New York Fashion Week spun a retro 1970s look with sleek silhouettes for their 2015 fall/winter collections.

Chunky-knit sweaters, high collars, long layering and fur hats paired with ponchos and capes exuded a warm, comfortable feeling as the week-long fashion fest came to a close on Thursday and temperatures outside dipped below freezing.

"The bohemian side of the 70s is what you are seeing," said Lizzy Bowring, head of the catwalks department at trend forecasting and analysis company WGSN.

"The look is much closer to the body, more streamlined, much more elegant than we have seen before."

Ralph Lauren, one of the final designers to show his collection, topped an embroidered, feathered skirt with a cashmere turtleneck sweater and a shearling jacket with suede pants.

The look was luxurious with long, belted coats and jackets with fur collars or sleeves, and gowns in cream floral lace, bronze tulle and black satin with a plunging back.

"What I am really loving the most is the continuation of this 1970s sensuality," said Ken Downing, fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus stores.

Many designers dropped hemlines to mid-calf, while others kept them higher. Black and a rich color palette of burgundy, rust and olive, along with slit skirts, plaids, belted waists and beading and embroidery also featured prominently on the runway.   Continued...

A model presents a creation from the Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Thayer