NEW YORK

Real Style - - A Tale Of Four Cities -

To re­fer to New York as a melt­ing pot is an old cliché, yet one that cer­tainly holds true, es­pe­cially in the world of fash­ion. That said, the buz­zword here has al­ways been sports­wear—neat, clean and func­tional has al­ways been more the norm. To that end there is a cel­e­bra­tion of the ca­sual in the air, a play­ful spin on “ath­leisure” wear. Alexan­der Wang con­structed tanks and tank dresses in fluffy mo­hair, Proenza Schouler fea­tured roomy trousers, and Pra­bal Gu­rung and Thom Browne art­fully re­worked the ski sweater, all rein­vent­ing key sports­wear pieces in a mod­ern and lux­u­ri­ous way.

Some ex­am­ples of this easy ath­leti­cism took a turn for the darker side. Two no­table col­lec­tions, those of Marc Ja­cobs and Ro­darte, chan­nelled the brood­ing Gothic ro­mance that resided in Lon­don: Black lace spliced into frilly dresses topped with sharp leather jack­ets made softer with ruf­fles at Ro­darte, while Marc Ja­cobs played with vol­ume, blow­ing up sweat­shirts and let­ter­man jack­ets to enor­mous pro­por­tions in his hit Gothic-themed col­lec­tion.

From fash­ion cap­i­tal to fash­ion cap­i­tal, and sea­son af­ter sea­son but es­pe­cially this fall, it’s clear: Though each of th­ese im­por­tant fash­ion cap­i­tals has their own unique points of view, no mat­ter which stage fash­ion ap­pears on, there is one rule that al­ways ap­plies. As long as it’s art­fully and beau­ti­fully done, any­thing goes.

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