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New York Fashion Week 2015

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The visionaries of womenswear

The Oscar de la Renta autumn-winter fashion show Tuesday during New York Fashion Week was the label's first from designer Peter Copping after De la Renta's death in October. (Catwalking / Getty Images)

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.

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At New York Fashion Week, menswear designers keep it loose

The Billy Reid men's line seen Feb. 14 during New York Fashion Week appears ready to capitalize on the athleisure trend. (Ron Adar / Getty Images)

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.

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Marc Jacobs closes out NYFW with pulled-together perfection

(Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

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.

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Ralph Lauren looks west, Calvin Klein looks to the '60s

New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2015: Calvin Klein (Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press)

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.

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No fear at Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, more

Model Karlie Kloss presents a creation from the Fall 2015 collection by Michael Kors during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 18, 2015. (Peter Foley / EPA)

"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?

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Greg Lauren ups the glamour

The Greg Lauren show at New York Fashion Week. (Jacopo Raule / Getty Images)

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.

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Escapes by Tory Burch, Donna Karan and more

Models walk in the finale of the Tory Burch show during the 2015 New York Fashion Week. (Richard Drew / AP)

Escapism is a perennial inspiration for designers, from Ralph Lauren in the American Southwest to Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech.

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Simon Miller, Skingraft loosen up

Models walk the runway at the Skingraft fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2015. (Fernanda Calfat / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

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.

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J. Crew goes for utility, frivolity

Models pose at the J. Crew presentation during New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2015. (Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Both the J. Crew men's and women's fall 2015 collections reached across the pond and into the past for inspiration ¿ but that's about where the similarities end.

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Oscar de la Renta lives on in designer Peter Copping's debut collection

Designer Peter Copping strikes the right balance between past and future with his first collection for the house of Oscar de la Renta. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

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.

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Peter Copping honors late Oscar de la Renta

Raging against the fashion machine at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Philip Lim, more

Marc Jacobs unveiled his fall-winter collection at New York Fashion Week. (Joshua Lott / AFP/Getty Images)

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?

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Fearless fashion flyers Thom Browne and Rosie Assoulin

Thom Browne's mourning-wear-as-high-fashion look. (Diane Bondareff / Associated Press)

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.

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Boho influences at Tory Burch

Tommy Hilfiger, Opening Ceremony and a global love affair

Models pose in the Opening Ceremony presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 on Feb. 15, 2015 in New York City. (Monica Schipper / Getty Images)

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.

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Billy Reid goes hawkish on texture

A poncho-style coat in Billy Reid's fall collection. (Ron Adar / Getty Images)

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.

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Black and gold

Prabal Gurung's Adirondack chic, The Row's Zen super luxe, more

Models wear gowns from Prabal Gurung's fall collection. (Joshua Lott / AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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Diva boots by Paul Andrew

Hyperlapse: Tommy Hilfiger finale

Ease and elegance

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The Public School kids vs. the limousine lifers

Public School's collection blurs the lines between masculine and feminine, Eastern and Western dress, street wear and tailoring. (Albert Urso / Getty Images)

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.

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