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New York fashion week: Marc Jacobs marches over the finish line

Plus other highlights from day eight, including Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler and Ralph Lauren.

Marc Jacob’s collection stormed the catwalk on the final day of New York fashion week, with models in an array of khaki, grey and blue tones across boxy silhouettes with military styling influences. Utility pockets, another trend to watch from the week, were a strong point across separates such as cropped and mid-length jackets while neat shirts with flared sleeves and high-waisted trousers were another highlight. Embellished shirt dresses later in the collection offered a more feminine touch, as well as more feminine metallic sheen mini-dresses.

Ralph Lauren continued to prove the fashion house’s status as the go-to brand for easy-to-wear, sophisticated pieces. On trend military tones such as khaki were styled with much bolder colour choices such as yellow, pink and purple and it was nice to see some true summer colours on the catwalk. Shirt dresses, in particular the red-carpet-ready floor length showstopper presented at the end of the collection, were a key theme.

American sportswear was the basis of the Proenza Schouler line, with knitted polos and lazer cut parkas standing out and proving that the sports luxe trend is here to stay for another season. A lot of leather in the collection - though not an obvious choice for spring - looked slick, although trousers with mismatched colours across the legs were less commercially appealing than similarly two-toned dresses.

Minimalism was the order of the day at Calvin Klein, with riffs on sleek and simple maxi dresses harking back to the 1990s. Neat collarless leather jackets in red and navy are likely to be a winner with customers, while separates such as tailored trousers slightly flared from the knee and long-length layered tunics have an easy-to-wear appeal.

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