Lau­ren steps on the gas; Kors goes to the beach

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Maeve McDer­mott

USA TO­DAY has been on the ground in New York, cov­er­ing the sights and sounds of fash­ion week, which kicked off last Thurs­day. Here are a few high­lights from the lat­est de­signer shows.

RALPH LAU­REN

In­stead of hold­ing his New York Fash­ion Week show in one of the five boroughs, Lau­ren chauf­feured VIPs out to his garage in Bed­ford, N.Y., to view his lat­est col­lec­tion among his eye-pop­ping col­lec­tion of Bu­gat­tis, Bent­leys, Fer­raris and every other lux­ury car one could imag­ine.

The list of celebrity at­ten­dees in­cluded Lau­ren’s cur­rent muse and face of his new­est fra­grance, Jes­sica Chas­tain, along with the ac­tress he icon­i­cally dressed in An­nie Hall, Diane Keaton.

On the run­way, fa­mous faces in­cluded Ken­dall Jen­ner and Bella

Ha­did, who mod­eled bil­low­ing ball gowns. And while Kaia Ger­ber has been turn­ing heads dur­ing her first fash­ion week, the 16-year-old daugh­ter of Cindy Craw­ford and Rande Ger­ber has a brother, Pres­ley, who also mod­eled at the show.

The show in­cluded Lau­ren’s women’s and men’s high-end looks, and since the set­ting screamed James Bond, the de­signer was more than happy to out­fit his models to fit the theme, with plenty of gray tweed and leather trenches, rac­ing stripes and bomber jack­ets over suits. For the Bond Girls, Lau­ren in­ter­spersed slinky gowns and tulle skirts with sus­penders, smok­ing jack­ets and other im­pec­ca­bly tai­lored menswear-in­spired looks.

Even the wait­ers were dap­per, wear­ing match­ing Lau­ren-em­bla­zoned jump­suits, look­ing like mem­bers of a chic pit crew who’ve never stepped close to a NASCAR race.

MICHAEL KORS

The Mon­terey house­wives of HBO’s Big Lit­tle Lies would’ve felt right at home at Michael Kors’ show.

In the sun-drenched Spring Street Stu­dios Wed­nes­day, Kors kicked off the fi­nal day of fash­ion week with his spring 2018 pre­sen­ta­tion that was, ac­cord­ing to the show notes, “all about ease.”

The celebrity guests typ­i­fied the show’s grown-up, laid-back glam­our, with Lies star Ni­cole Kid­man sit­ting along­side Naomi Watts and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones.

Kors promised “Bev­erly Hills to Bora Bora” vibes, which ex­plained the Hawai­ian leis worn by sev­eral models. The rest of the col­lec­tion wasn’t quite as lit­eral, but still fea­tured day­time looks ready for a beach party or laid­back brunch, with springy palm prints, blaz­ers thrown over co­or­di­nated sep­a­rates, tan trenches and ruf­fled dresses.

But warm-weather es­capes re­quire more than just ca­sual day looks, and Kors de­liv­ered with chic pat­terned bathing suits with match­ing cover-ups for the beach, and slinky, se­quined evening gowns for night­time.

“It” girls Ken­dall Jen­ner and Gigi and Bella Ha­did were spot­ted on the run­way, but in keep­ing with the show’s beachy feel, Kors’ fi­nal look went to Sports Il­lus­trated swim­suit star Kate Up­ton, who closed the show with her firstever New York Fash­ion Week run­way walk.

KATHY WILLENS, AP

Ralph Lau­ren drove home a Bond-in­spired tai­lored look.

RICHARD DREW, AP

Michael Kors vowed style from Bev­erly Hills to Bora Bora.

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