New York Fashion Week show reviews for fall/winter 2017 collections

It’s that time again: New York Fashion Week has returned to the city for more than a week of runway shows, presentations and beyond.

The twice-annual fashion event runs through Feb. 16.

We review the fall/winter collections, from your favorite iconic designers to those making their NYFW debuts.

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Ralph Lauren 

Mother Nature has been particularly hard on New York Fashion Week this season, pummeling it with a blizzard, rain and freezing temps. So, the experience of walking into Ralph Lauren’s show at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue Wednesday night, was more than a salve . . . it was virtually transformative.

Fresh white orchids and vines slathered every wall (estimates were that there were about 100,000 of them), butterflies with flapping wings (not real), and a bird-chirping soundtrack along with the glow of crystal chandeliers whisked guests away to an exotic location, which is exactly what Lauren wanted. Thick sisal rugs and cushy white banquettes took the place of store merchandise — the store actually closed for three days before to set this scene — which was so stunning that it prompted Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus honcho, to exclaim, “This is so gorgeous, you could have a wedding here after the show.”

Lauren has adapted the “see now, buy now” mantra full throttle. His first round with it was last season, and while the show was lovely, it was a tad sterile, lacking the lush Ralph touch. Not so this night when he presented his drop-dead, romantic, yet pared down spring lineup designed with a nomadic feel that was neither clichĂ© or tricked out.

Colors were mostly desert bleached — off-whites, sand, beige and strong hits of burnished metallic gold. The show opened with some prerequisite suiting — slim silos mostly in lineny fabrics. Model Bella Hadid wore fluid clay-colored silken anorak dress (there were many of these, with front pockets and hoods). Several looks featured distressed leather jackets balancing more luxurious evening pieces including gold netted tops. A few shimmery, liquid silken gowns — one in deep lavender — drew gasps from the crowd. There were a couple of sexy black gowns — body-con with cutouts at the rib. But it was the show’s final look that captured the essence of the brand’s DNA — a flowing, soft floral gown worn over a pair of worn jeans . . . knockout.

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