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The biggest news at the women's fall 2015 shows at New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday, was a changing of the guard at Oscar de la Renta. British-born designer Peter Copping was charged with continuing the legacy of the late designer, who died in October at age 82 and who was one of American fashion's most beloved figures.
Not only have menswear designers embraced the fact that, given the choice, most of us would wear sweatpants 24/7, but during the fall men's shows at New York Fashion Week, it appeared that the race was on to create the ideal comfy equivalent for the upper body, with designers putting a full-court press on what the apparel industry refers to as the "athleisure" trend.
Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week here Thursday night on a high note, presenting a seductively serpentine fall and winter 2015 collection that proved to be equal parts delightful and deadly.
Ralph Lauren's fall and winter 2015 women's collection definitely had a Western vibe to it, and every last piece that came down the runway Thursday would have been right at home at Lauren's 16,000-acre Double RL Ranch in Colorado, from the shearling TK to the wide cowhide belts with immense tusk-shaped buttons whittled out of antler bone.
"Restrained elegance" is how Michael Kors described his fall collection, with a bit of a wink, no doubt. Want to wear your pajamas to dinner? He had 'em covered in crystals. A coat feels too formal? How about an ombre fox fur "bathrobe" instead?
We've been following the fashion side of Greg Lauren's career for a few years now, and as much as we've always admired his knack for turning vintage army tent canvas and woolen blankets into seriously stylish garments, the last couple of seasons have left us longing for something more substantial than riffs on the upcycled statement jacket.
Because of a scheduling conflict, we weren't able to take in the Simon Miller fall and winter 2015 men's and women's presentation on Sunday ¿ and, in retrospect, that turned out to be a very good thing. That's because it gave us an opportunity to visit the bi-coastal brand's New York City showroom, where we not only had a chance to see the clothes up close but actually feel them and hold them in our hands. And that's where the efforts co-creative directors Dan Corrigan and Jake Sargent have put into fabric development can best be appreciated.
It was a tough act to follow Oscar de la Renta, who died in October at the age of 82, before he even had a chance to work with ¿his hand-picked successor and ensure a seamless transition.
Peter Copping honors late Oscar de la Renta
Remember back at the spring collections at New York Fashion Week in September, when Marc Jacobs sent a fashion army down the runway, and his entire collection riffed on (and elevated) the humble olive drab military uniform of the everyman (and woman) with candy-like jeweled cabachons, overgrown cargo pockets and lace details?
On the streets outside the shows, fearless fashion flyers are a dime a dozen. There's the blogger wearing shorts and storm-flap boots on a subzero day, the one with his hair sculpted into something approximating Mickey Mouse ears, and the one in a Muppet-like shag of yellow faux fur. You get the point.
Boho influences at Tory Burch
The global love affair with American popular culture was on full display ¿ albeit in vastly different ways ¿ in the fall 2015 collections of Opening Ceremony and Tommy Hilfiger presented Sunday night and Monday morning respectively.
Before his runway show here Saturday night, Billy Reid told us there were two things that influenced the look and feel of his fall and winter 2015 menswear collection. The first was a continued loosening up and relaxing of the silhouette that started with last season's collection.
Black and gold
Prabal Gurung has got his groove back. On Sunday night, he showed one of the best fall collections so far at New York Fashion Week.
Diva boots by Paul Andrew
Hyperlapse: Tommy Hilfiger finale
Ease and elegance
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Much of what's on designer runways is for the limousine lifestyle, or that half of 1 percent that doesn't have to worry or doesn't want to worry about the whipping gusts and negative wind chills we experienced Sunday at New York Fashion Week. It's impractical, and it's fashion for fashion's sake, not function.