The veteran U.S. designer paired casual with elegant styles
and utilitarian looks with evening wear for spring 2015. Gowns
sported bush-style pockets and cotton canvas jackets overlaid
elaborately beaded tops.
"It's exactly what Ralph does best," said Glenda Bailey,
editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, following the fashion show
in downtown Manhattan. "The khaki and safari with brights looked
very modern. It told a very romantic story."
Lauren showed sage green cargo pants and rich beige jodhpurs in
shiny satins and silks. Mossy olive was set off by deep amethyst
and vivid poppy.
A washed cotton safari shirt with epaulettes topped a
floor-length ivory skirt. Sweeping tulle gowns were cinched with
wide skin belts.
Dusty tones mixed easily with shimmering fabrics. A full gown in
sage green came in a slouchy taffeta, belted with front pockets
and rolled-up sleeves.
"He took that color olive drab right into evening," said Andre
Leon Talley, a former Vogue editor who is now artistic director
at Zappos Couture, an online shopping site. "It's safari goes
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"It's for today's woman who wants to take pieces and jazz up her
wardrobe," he said.
Also on Thursday, Calvin Klein showed a collection that contrasted
simply structured dresses and straight coats over sheer, flared
trousers and full, flowing skirts. Models wore knee-length tank
dresses and mid-calf sweaters over floor-length skirts and
over-sized pleated pants.
Dresses were sporty, with racer back shoulder straps, and the colors
largely kept to navy, marine, black and papyrus along with a lacquer
red leather and embroidered gun-metal mesh.
Hundreds of designers have shown their spring 2015 collections in
recent days in New York.
Fashion Week comes around every six months, followed by weeks of
fashion shows in London, Paris and Milan.
(Editing by Bill Trott; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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