Ralph Lauren whisks us away to a Caribbean paradise, while Oscar de la Renta finds harmony between modern elegance and heritage
Who: An early adopter of the see-now, buy-now show model, Ralph Lauren showcases his bright and sunny SS18 collection this season.
Where: The designer brought a slice of paradise to NYC for the day, recreating his holiday home in Jamaica at the start of a reflective (like the sea) runway in a tranquil blue hue.
The Low-down: One will probably be able to find every outfit you need to pack in your luggage for a Caribbean getaway: an ankle-grazing summer dress perfect for walks by the sea, nautical stripes and vibrant colours for a day out in a beachside town, a strapless romper-dress hybrid with flowing, flyaway strips for sunset cruises on a yacht, and a striped sequin mini T-dress because... why not? There were also some noteworthy denim creations, rendered with artisanal hand-painting and adventurous design cues.
Buro Loves: The all-encompassing spectrum of colours in the collection, from a calming sea of white and blue to the vibrant hues of Jamaica.
Oscar De La Renta
Who: This is designer duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia's third collection for Oscar de la Renta since their appointment as creative directors of the house in September 2016.
Where: A wintry scene set against the magnificent backdrop that is the first floor of Lower Manhattan's Cunard Building.
The Low-down: Third time's the charm. It seems like Kim and Garcia has found the winning formula of injecting a contemporary verve on the heritage label with beautiful finesse. Inspired by a trip to The Cloisters with the late Oscar de la Renta himself for an installation by sound artist Janet Cardiff, modern interpretation of medieval influences and "enchanted forest" tapestry is translated into rich textures and embroideries, elegant silhouettes, as well as mythical animals (spot the unicorn) and blooming floral prints.
Buro Loves: The eveningwear that closed the show were dripping with opulence, but the dress with the billowing silk chine skirt has our heart with its easy elegance.