New York Fashion Week saved some of its biggest names for last, with American designers Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger all showing their spring/summer 2010 collections on the final day yesterday.
Ralph Lauren, who turns 70 next month, unveiled a fantasy farm-girl look based on all-American blue denim workwear, accessorised with sparkling dainty shoes. Models walked down the catwalk to the sounds of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan wearing stone-washed ripped jeans, denim overalls and flowery, country-style dresses. Blue remained the dominant colour on the runway when the workwear gave way to eveningwear, with cornflower-blue silk gowns.
Lauren said he had been inspired by America's frontier spirit in designing his anti-recession collection. "I have always loved real working clothes... I am inspired by the character of the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies living authentically through challenging times". At the end of the show, Lauren, himself dressed in a pale denim shirt, stopped to kiss Janet Jackson who was sitting in the front row.
Tommy Hilfiger sported an A-list front row with actresses Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Mena Suvari all watching the show, as he showed Californian-inspired cuffed shorts as well as strapless minis and thigh-high jersey evening gowns. Over at Calvin Klein, models wore crinkled pieces in neutral colours and pastels. Guests included actresses Thandie Newton and Rose Byrne.