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Ralph Lauren, Elie Tahari bring glamour to New York Fashion Week 2019

Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari inaugurated New York Fashion Week. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

Agencia EFE New York, NY, USA Feb 08, 2019, 11.51 AM (IST)

The glamour of both the American Ralph Lauren and the Israeli Elie Tahari inaugurated New York Fashion Week, which celebrated its first day on Thursday.

Ralph Lauren immersed himself in elegance and luxury with a Spring 2019 collection dominated by feminine and slender designs with luxurious and sophisticated materials in black and gold, and sometimes white.

The show took place in the new 'Ralph's Coffee' café located in the shop on the exclusive Madison Avenue, decorated with classic white marble tables, large mirrors and crystal lamps.

The models walked slowly, dressed in jackets, trousers, trench coats, flowing pleated dresses or large capes, all in gold.

Black was also very much present in the entire Ralph Lauren collection, which was decorated with gold elements.

The fashion designer, who as usual walked among the attendees at the end of the show to receive congratulations, had some of the most sought-after models of the moment, such as the Americans Joan Smalls, Taylor Hill and Bella Hadid.

Another one of the outstanding shows was that of Elie Tahari, who was celebrating 45 years in the fashion industry with a special show.

There was anticipation ahead of Tahari's collection at the Spring Studios, home of New York 'Fashion Week', where there were "influencers" from social networks and actresses like Laverne Cox and Bella Thorne.

His Autumn-Winter 2019 collection was sophisticated and daring, but very practical: gold and bronze colours were seen contrasted with purple jewels, and fabrics with different textures and volumes in garments such as wide-leg pants, capes or ponchos.

The most striking designs were skirts and fur jackets with lynx prints; coats, skirts and dresses with brocaded finishes; and sensual satin was used discreetly, in a pleated skirt or a draped dress.

Supermodel Christie Brinkley, 65, closed the show, appearing on the catwalk at the same event with her daughter Sailor, 20. Both got applause from the audience, although the mother had the limelight.

Meanwhile, the Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji, known for dressing a long list of celebrities on the red carpet, showed off a collection that was reminiscent of medieval royalty with sumptuous materials and intense colours.

Velvet was one of the main fabrics, which was present in long dresses in crimson red, night blue, moss green and jet black, some with wide sleeves and others leaving the shoulders exposed.

She also used delicate prints of plant motifs in silver or gold on black skirts both voluminous and tight, combined with gold shoes.

The Tadashi Shoji show also stood out for the important presence of plus-size models.

Noon by Noor loaded its autumn-winter collection with femininity and romanticism with colours very similar to those of other designers: the basic black, white and camel combined or with a garment in yellow and green tones typical of precious stones.

The pieces of the two Arab designers followed generally simple lines: long and flowing dresses with some draping at the waist or pleated at the skirt; pants adjusted to the hip and loose on the leg, with blouse or sweater; and for the cold, structured coats.

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The show took place in the new 'Ralph's Coffee' café located in the shop on the exclusive Madison Avenue, decorated with classic white marble tables, large mirrors and crystal lamps.