On the Runway

New York Fashion Week: Day 8 with Ralph Lauren and Jeremy Laing

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer ’11; Photo by Anthea Simms



As I lined up for the second Calvin Klein shows – many labels have two shows to accommodate buyers and press – the paprazzi behind me were yelling for people to get out of the way. I sure sign that an A-list celeb is about to emerge. And sure enough, Katie Holmes walked outside to a flurry of flashbulbs.

Moments like these are just one of the many things that make fashion week a surreal experience.

Inside at the Calvin Klein show, Lara Stone made her only NYFW appearance and Franciso Costo showed a sharp, pure collection. True to Calvin Klein form, the clothes were all about shape and cut, minimal long dresses in white and ash. Wide leg cropped pants paired with perfectly cut toppers. Costa also showed the utility apron belt over pants and skirts.

With strom clouds looming and nightmarish traffic, I made my way to the Oscar de la Renta show uptown on Park Avenue. Sarah Jessica Parker was sitting pretty front row amongst the Vogue crew. With a retro 60’s look, was Mr. de la Renta inspired by his own archives this season. With gowns with three-dimensional floral appliques, perfect skirt suits, bubble pink and garden green. One fur skirted dress had SJP smiling. The moment I wait for at an Oscar show is the finale of gorgeous red carpet gowns. There was plenty of layered tulle, dazzling embroidery and over the top shapes that had the audience giddy at the end.

High off of spring’s clothing bounty, mother nature decided to give all of us fashion people in our precious shoes, it-bags and designer clothes a reality check. With a monsoon type rain storm. A dramatic ending to a dramatic week.

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The last day of New York fashion weeks begins and ends with iconic brands and iconic men. Throw in an über-talented Canadian designer, and you have the perfect ending to a hectic week.

Walking into a Ralph Lauren show is much like walking into a Ralph Lauren shop – rustic chic linen benches, wide planked wood floors and enormous chandeliers. Add the classical music and you’re transported in to the RL world. With his wife and three kids sitting front row, Lauren showed a beautiful collection of Victorian-meets-Western chic, fringe, suede, lace, ruffled blouses, Navajo print bags and medallion buckled belts. Classic Lauren.

A FLARE favourite from the get-go, Jeremy Laing showed what I thought was one of the more beautiful collections of the week. In a soothing colour palette of stone, ivory and gray – accented by a few hits of colour, Laing worked the forward, modernist aesthetic he’s been evolving the last few seasons. Gorgeous fluid dresses of parachute silk, leather bandeaus, and ingeniously cut toppers were all stand out pieces. This collection is sure to be the push Laing needs to propel his business forward.