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Ralph Lauren puts mod spin on spring

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  • The Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

    The Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.
    Associated Press

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tastemakers who have seen eight days at New York Fashion Week of softer, lacy grown-up femininity got a palette cleanser with a crisp, clean collection from Ralph Lauren with well-defined lines and a vibe of modern mod.

Models walked the runway to the sounds of John Lennon's "Nobody Told Me."

A good percentage of the spring collection is black and white: low-slung patent-leather minis paired with printed floral trenches, a black knit dress with a sharp white menswear-style collar, a perfectly tailored white pantsuit with a black mock-neck top.

Even the round-toe, chunky-heel pumps made a statement different from the other scores of designers who either preferred delicate pointy-toe stilettos, aggressive booties or flat sandals.

"My spring 2014 collection celebrates a simple purity of clean lines and structure with a not to the bold spirit and playfulness of swinging London in the late '60s," Lauren said in a statement.

He saturated a handful of looks in bright lime, orange, red and yellow in both daytime ribbed dresses and leather coats, as well as eveningwear. The gowns would be surefire favorites for red-carpet cameras.

"I love the color. The color was great, it was different for Ralph," said Jessica Alba, a seasoned Lauren front-row guest.

She imagines herself in the graphic print dresses, the bright leather coats and the red V-neck gown with dolman sleeves that had a capelike effect. "I love that it hugged the body but then there was also the flowy material. It's beautiful."

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