Lauren goes back to school as NY fashion week ends
Models display creations by designer Ralph Lauren during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 collection in New York on September 12, 2013.
The spring-summer 2014 shows from industry superstars Lauren, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs will bring to a close the week-long fashion frenzy in the Big Apple.
On a white runway lined by black seats in downtown Manhattan, Lauren opened with a short black dress with a white collar paired with knee socks.
His next dress added some leather and a black tie to the saucy schoolgirl look. Striped blazers, jaunty caps and a studious pair of glasses on one model rounded off the look.
Fashion week has seen plenty of geometric prints, and the 73-year-old went wild with stripes and blocks.
He also used a triangular black print on a white coat which he paired with a shiny skirt, crisp white shirt and floral print black-and-white tie.
Along with the classic pairing of black and white, fashion week has also seen its share of cropped tops, with bared midriffs all over the runways, from fashion prince Alexander Wang to American designer Jill Stuart.
Lauren gave a nod to the trend with boxy, cropped jackets, paired with mid-thigh flirty skirts that look to be a must-have for next spring.
He also offered pops of bright color, with dresses in head-to-toe acid green, orange and fluorescent yellow.
Lauren paired many of his outfits with small handbags, which seem to be the upcoming accessory du jour.
He got a standing ovation from the intimate and well-heeled crowd after closing with a red dress and floor-length red cape.
Celebrities, fashionistas and industry heavyweights had their fill of styles on offer in New York, from romantic to retro-rock to fresh takes on beachwear.
Several designers mixed masculine with feminine, a look seen on Victoria Beckham's runway, the former Spice Girl having become a respected fixture at New York Fashion Week.
Flirty, asymmetrical tennis skirts and loose pants showed a more relaxed Beckham, whose daughter Harper was unveiled as the new 'it' girl, drawing most of the attention in the front row.
Bouncing on her footballer father David Beckham's knee, the two-year-old even drew a smile from poker-faced Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
While some like Lauren offered thigh-baring mini-skirts, many designers had hemlines at the knee, with flowing skirts and loose-fitting dresses.
Michael Kors featured slashed dresses and slit skirts in his soft, romantic collection, and earthy colors of nutmeg and grass green that have been used by several designers.
While there were still plenty of bold prints on offer, Carolina Herrera used kinetic art inspiration to create multidimensional geometric motifs that played with perception.
Industry darling Alexander Wang, who was appointed creative director of Spain's Balenciaga last year, also mixed the masculine with the flirtatious.
There were plenty of stars cramming the front rows, from hip-hop star Kanye West at Wang to pop prince Justin Bieber taking in Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 line.
Curvy "Mad Men" siren Christina Hendricks and actress Christina Ricci were also seen taking in several shows.
And in one of the biggest surprises of the week, 43-year-old supermodel Naomi Campbell made a rare catwalk appearance for Belgian-born designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
The style marathon will now move on to London, Milan and Paris.