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HILE we’ve been bat­tling Storm Aileen with her 70mph winds and tor­ren­tial down­pours, in a sunny New York our Amer­i­can cousins have spent the past few days find­ing out what we will be wear­ing next spring and sum­mer.

New York Fash­ion Week which has been tak­ing place in venues across a rather balmy look­ing Big Ap­ple kicked off a month of in­ter­na­tional fash­ion weeks (by the time you read this London will al­ready be un­der­way. We’ll dis­sect that next weekend).

Typ­i­cally the more clas­sic, so­phis­ti­cated and un­der­stated (ie. wear­able) of the four fash­ion weeks, Tom Ford, Adam Sel­man, Kate Spade, Ja­son Wu, Philipp Plein, Calvin Klein, Pra­bal Gu­rung, Oscar de la Renta and Amer­i­can in­dus­try gi­ants Ralph Lau­ren and Michael Kors, were among the de­sign­ers show­ing off their col­lec­tions.

Tom Ford’s run­way show was breath­tak­ing, hark­ing back to his sexy Nineties aes­thetic of sexy dresses, short shorts and se­quins, while Ralph Lau­ren went all-out for his pre­sen­ta­tion, ship­ping guests an hour north of Man­hat­tan to showcase his men’s and wom­enswear col­lec­tions in­side the garage which is home to his ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of pres­tige cars.

There mod­els in­clud­ing Tay­lor Hill, Ken­dall Jen­ner and the Ha­did sis­ters gin­gerly sashayed be­tween Porsches, Fer­raris, Jaguars and Alfa Romeos. As you would.

The leg­endary de­signer – worth some £4.4bn – said his cars have “al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tion to me. I see them as mov­ing art”.. Yeah Ralph, and I see them as show­ing off.

Back in the city, there was petrol power on the run­way for Ri­hanna who ex­ited her Fenty x Puma show – a riot of bright sports and streetwear mod­elled by a whole host of past and present Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret favourites – on the back of a mo­tor­cross bike.

Else­where, Hel­mut Lang, a la­bel known for sleek, sexy min­i­mal de­signs and now in the hands of de­signer Shayne Oliver, pre­sented some alarm­ing looks in­clud­ing over­sized and ill-fit­ting bras worn by both male and fe­male mod­els. Still that sort of thing barely war­rants a raised eye brow in fash­ion cir­cles th­ese days.

More shock­ing was the sight of the usu­ally never know­ingly un­der-dressed Vic­to­ria Beck­ham at the end of her show wear­ing just a white T-shirt and ‘mom’ jeans.

Yet, in among all the ball­go­wns, bling­ing looks and bared boobs, it was a brand I’d never heard of be­fore that re­ally caught my eye in New York. On Tues­day, Brook­lyn-based la­bel Va­quera closed its show with this tow­elling robe-meets­bri­dal gown hy­brid.

When the rain is lash­ing the win­dows and your shoes have been soggy for days, that is the kinda dress a girl needs...

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