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Fashion photos of the week: The best of New York Fashion Week (so far!)

Fashion photos of the week: New York edition

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RAG & BONE After seasons of over-layered presentations, it’s nice to see what Marcus Wainwright and David Neville can do without all those superfluous clothes. For one: You could see them, and they were good. Friday's theme was rooted in flight, and the smart aviator jackets and bombers felt suggestive rather than forced. Riffs on flight uniforms in leather came together nicely, especially when quilted. While those looks owed an obvious debt to Gabrielle Chanel, is there a better role model to prove that a label has matured? Here, a model wears a black quilted jacket and skirt.

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Rag & Bone at New York Fashion Week

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Rag & Bone at New York Fashion Week

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JASON WU On that note, another wunderkind that’s all grown up and owning it was Jason Wu. On Friday, the designer presented a solidly feminine collection that affirms his ability to dress a lady (and a First one at that, if you’ll recall Michelle Obama’s recent inauguration gown). Red and black continued the fetishistic bent he’s been on since spring, but hemlines were kept clean and conservative. Delicate fabrics, like lace and pleated chiffon, went wild with snakeskin prints and when bound in clear plastic rain coats. Here, a model wears a red dress by Jason Wu.

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Jason Wu at New York Fashion Week

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Jason Wu at New York Fashion Week

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LACOSTE Lacoste is 80? The label is looking good for its age, thanks to creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista. Celebrating the almost-centennial, Baptista focused on Rene Lacoste’s biggest contribution to society on Saturday, aside from tennis: his sporty pique fabric. Here, it got bigger, thanks to ample geometric volume and rounded shoulders. Glacier-like, Lacoste’s shapes were, especially in the predominantly white collection. But the steady sense of print and proportion - along with sunny bursts or orange - didn’t feel cold. In this photo, a model wears a white-cropped jacket and pique by Lacoste.

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Lacoste at New York Fashion Week

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Lacoste at New York Fashion Week

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PRABAL GURUNG Some designers take small steps towards maturity, other do it in one stoic march. The latter was the case with Prabal Gurung on Saturday, who presented a cohesive, military-focused collection. It was one of his strongest yet. The jackets and coats came across as sharp as bayonettes. In other looks, regulation green was softened with embroidery inspired by a warrior tribe in Ukraine. Here, a model wears a military green cutout sweater.

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Prabal Gurung at New York Fashion Week

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Prabal Gurung at New York Fashion Week

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DEREK LAM Derek Lam isn’t the only designer at NYFW who’s learned a thing from Pheobe Philo, whose work at Celine continues to influence those across the ocean. It’s not a bad model to follow, as Lam’s streamlined looks greatly benefitted from some of that Celine slouch (in white caped blouses especially). Fabric blocking on skirts, tops and dresses proved interesting, especially in the pieces with leather and suede worked in at Sunday's presentation. Here, a model wears a patchwork dress by Derek Lam.

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Derek Lam at New York Fashion Week

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Derek Lam at New York Fashion Week

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TOMMY HILFIGER Back to school brings anxiety with excitement, though the former might be lessened if you don the prep school uniform that Tommy Hilfiger proposed at Sunday's show. Prince of Wales check, houndstooth and cableknit got twisted up in the kind of futuristic nod to mod that André Courrèges would approve of. There was a touch of baddass with the schoolgirl charm: Those knee-high leather socks are telling of a schoolgirl fetish if I ever saw one. Here a model sports a black-and-white check look.

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Tommy Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week

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Tommy Hilfiger at New York Fashion Week

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