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New York Fashion Week; Beckham, Renta, Jacobs and Rodarte

From ostrich feather gowns to leather fringed jackets there was something to please everyone at New York Fashion Week yesterday.

Oscar de la Renta’s playful collection saw models take to the catwalk in a range of textures from ostrich-feather trimmed peplum tops to ruffled organza dresses in a selection of colours from hot pink to baby blue and scarlet.

The show opened with a red latex top worn under a navy blazer teamed with a khaki pencil skirt split to the thigh. Although the collection featured tailored separates such as suiting and high waisted shorts, the ultimate showstoppers were an extensive range of strapless dresses in bright fuchsia to soft spearmint shades and embellished from top to toe.

Following on from the success of her Victoria Beckham collection over the weekend British designer Beckham served up the latest collection from diffusion line Victoria Victoria Beckham. First to take to the catwalk, and a particular stand out, was a shift dress in lilac and purple shades featuring a photo print of sun setting over palm trees. The polished collection of dresses saw casual safari style minis alongside printed knee length pieces nipped in at the waist.

Another diffusion line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, also showcased a relaxed range. The spring 13 collection featured oversized shirts tucked into rolled up trousers and the range was given a youthful touch with the utilisation of patchwork designs combining checks, gingham and paisley. On the menswear side Jacobs opted for a plethora of cargo pants and soft slouchy tailoring. Patterns and prints were also used on the menswear range, with a host of stripes and printed musical notes.

A medieval flavour pervaded the Rodarte collection for spring 13. Waistlines were draped in chains and metal embroidery was used on long dresses to give a corset effect. Short structured dresses featured in the collection as did a range of leather jackets fringed in a variety of colours. The dark punky look was given a more feminine touch as silky tops were teamed with laced up leather leggings trousers and flowing dresses finishing the show.

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