New York Fashion Week has come to a close — on to London! — but there's little consensus among the critics about the final shows. Some admired Ralph Lauren's China-inspired collection, but others felt the "costumey" references were too overt. Amid generally positive reviews, Phillip Lim drew barbs for his "awkward" pants and a "sad" patent tunic. Calvin Klein's minimalism garnered praise from some and critiques from others, who called the fabric treatments "just too far out." Proenza Schouler , however, got near-unanimous praise for cool sportswear and high-tech digital prints. Read the last of New York's reviews below.
• "[T]he collection of Proenza Schouler provides the clearest example yet of how to satisfy all the conditions that make for exciting 21st-century fashion .as a largely uninspiring Fashion Week closed on Thursday, Mr. Hernandez and Mr. McCollough, both 30, have shown what is possible with new technology Uniting everything was a cool, slouchy silhouette." [NYT]