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New York Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta

Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta showed two polar opposite collections on the last day of New York Fashion Week, while both remaining true to their roots and being equally as glamourous.

Life on the ranch was the inspiration behind the heavily Western influenced Ralph Lauren show. Fringing was everywhere from the sleeves of jackets to the outside of trousers legs and tiered fringing on skirts.Tan suede and leather were used throughout and the tough fabrics contrasted well with delicate cream and white lace.

Separates dominated with bootcut trousers and shorts paired with ruffled blouses and Victorian style lace necklines. Evening gowns swept the floor with ruffled hemlines, and peaked with a strapless metallic gold dress fastened with the ubiquitous concho belt.

If Ralph Lauren brought the open range to the catwalk, Oscar de la Renta brought the romance as the designer showcased an elegant collection with plenty of old school glamour.

Floral motifs were printed or appliquéd to prim twin sets and all over sheath dresses that were either tapered below the knee or fluted below the cinched in waist.

The Oscar night dresses for which de la Renta is famed did not disappoint with a range of strapless tulle and silk gowns with larger than life proportions engulfing diminutive models.

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