Lauren closes New York fashion week

New York fashion week finished yesterday with a very English show from Ralph Lauren, a designer usually associated with American fashion.

New York fashion week finished yesterday with a very English show from a designer usually associated with American fashion.

Ralph Lauren has built an international empire on what he has called "American style". But this is not one culled from the baseball cap and elasticated jeans-wearing masses. Instead it is from the heavily idealised and much more wealthy environs of New England, with an emphasis for next season on the England element.

Like British style in general, it had its good points and its frumpy ones. On the plus side, there were some beautiful shearling jackets, kicking out into pleats at the hips. But it's hard to imagine who would wear a tartan rah-rah dress other than someone at a 1980s English hunting party, or that a sludge-coloured poncho would not make anyone resemble a genetically modified mushroom.

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Hadley Freeman, deputy fashion editor

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