American sportswear to round out an incredible week

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The last day of New York fashion week, and it’s a trinity of American sportswear designers: Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.

It was classic Ralph Lauren with a showcase of tweed, suede, velvet and silk. The winter florals, layering and beanie caps had an air of luxe grunge, and three piece tweed suiting screamed English countryside. Fitted blazers featured puffed Edwardian-style sleeves and shades of brown, green, eggplant and black created an autumn colour scheme. Wide leather belts, fur collars, fur bags, and trimmed booties added even more texture.

With Daphne Guinness and Kate Bosworth front row at Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa showed a stunning lineup of pristine, structured double-faced wool jackets and coats in shades of black and midnight blue. Shine woven in with sparkle added a futuristic depth to his modernist shift dresses and pants were very high-waisted and straight-legged, while evening dresses were fluid in silver metallic.

It was great to see iconic models like Stella Tennant, Kristen McMenamy and Kirsty Hume return to the runway. So refreshing to see women – not girls – model these very grown up clothes.