Top designers cap off New York Fashion Week with a nod to America

Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:47pm EST
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By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and other designers at the close of New York's Fashion Week on Thursday showed swathes of color as sweeping as the outdoors in collections inspired by America's landscapes and rugged coastlines.

A theme of Americana drove Lauren's Polo collection, shown as a snowstorm raged outside, featuring serape sweaters and a patchwork cardigan reminiscent of the red, white and blue sweaters Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic team.

Hundreds of designers showed their fall 2014 collections on runways and in showrooms across New York over the past week. Fashion shows now move to London, Paris and Milan.

Lauren's Polo models sported electric green, orange and yellow over a black base, often a leather miniskirt over leggings, and hiking boots with 5-inch heels and bright red or orange laces.

The more upscale Ralph Lauren collection featured elegant cashmere and chiffon capes and gowns, some drenched in glistening beads, as well as jodhpurs, suede pants and Mongolian lamb coats, all in a single color of cream, mauve or gray.

Turtlenecks, either cashmere knit or buttoned high or ruffled, dominated as did over-the-knee suede boots.

"Really, really classy," said Elsa Fralon, website editor for Belgian Elle.

"But it's for Kim Basinger, not me," she said of the Hollywood actress who was among the celebrities to attend the show.   Continued...

Models present creations by J. Mendel's Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott