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From a garden party to beach-side holiday, there were plenty of optimism seen at the recent New York Fashion Week. Yet, the occasion also saw several designers taking their last bow on stage.

The collections presented strong messages as well, with one making a statement on women’s rights and another taking a stand against “rules” that dictate dressing.

Here are the highlights of the Autumn/Winter 2018 shows.

Moving On

It was all smiles for Victoria Beckham, despite it being her last show at New York Fashion Week. Starting September, she will join the London calendar – her “homecoming” of sorts.

Beckham’s collection for this season showed off a lot of coats and jackets, each either belted or with a strong shoulder. She also featured tight leggings, leather cuffs, and printed silk that spoke of modernity.

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A Dose Of Escapism

Ralph Lauren provided an escape from the mundane with a collection inspired by Jamaica. Guests were transported to a paradise setting, with the set mimicking a coastal cabana.

The clothes included colours like yellow and green and regatta pennants, as well as pops of red and blue in bold graphic designs. There were also yacht motifs and lots of white.

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One Final Bow

Carolina Herrera said goodbye to her eponymous label by putting up a grand farewell show. The designs seen on the runway were not only bold, but classic and elegant at the same time.

Herrera, who is stepping down as creative director, will nevertheless, stay on in the role of global brand ambassador. She has named designer Wes Gordon as her successor.

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Making Fashion Fun

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta are breaking the fashion rules this season. The duo presented evening looks that were surprisingly (or rather, beautifully) casual.

A sequined skirt worn with a simple sweater, for example. There was also a fun evening coat in filmy tulle, which provided a lighter take on the satin version that de la Renta used to do.

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Women Power

Current “it” model Gigi Hadid opened Prabal Gurung’s show, and her equally popular sister, Bella, closed it. The designer’s vibrant collection was apparently inspired by the women-led Mosuo tribe of China.

Gurung, raised by a single mother in Nepal, said in an interview later that he has long had matriarchies on his mind for a collection. He only went ahead with this one because of the recent rise of women empowerment movements.

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Going Corporate

It was a last hurrah for Alexander Wang at New York Fashion Week as well. Next season, he will be debuting his collections in the (more commercially viable) months of June and December.

The man definitely means business, and his current collection showed it. While mini skirts were paired with power suits, tights and leggings came emblazoned with credit card numbers.

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Flower Power

Romance, florals and the euphoric smell of moss set the mood at Tory Burch’s runway show. The silhouettes were observed to be relaxed, yet refined with feminine details.

Loose, fluid dresses with scarf hemlines balanced tomboy jackets and trim blazers. Layered outerwear – from a classic peacoat to a blanket poncho – added to the effortless vibe.

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