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NYFW: Ralph Lauren shows a warm, elegant winter wonderland

A model walks the runway at the Ralph Lauren Autumn Winter 2015 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 19, 2015 in New York, United States. Catwalking/Getty Images

NEW YORK – The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from its runway fashions to celebrity-packed events. Here’s what some AP writers are seeing:

RALPH LAUREN’S WINTER WONDERLAND

With a model’s tip of a high floppy hat for the cameras and others wrapped in faux fur, Ralph Lauren put on a show of sexy – and warm – elegance.

Forget shades of grey. Lauren stuck mostly to taupe and cream, in suede platform boots, cozy cashmere sweaters, shearling and furry fringe on coats, collars, ponchos and capes. Wide suede belts hung at the hip, offering a little oomph to a few body-skimming looks.

There were wide-brimmed hats in tune with Lauren’s signature vibe, but he threw in some warm, Russian-style gems worthy of weather that put this round of fall previews in the deep freeze.

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There was also black, in a floral lace evening dress, another in velvet with a scant back strap and a beautifully tailored leather skinny pant and jacket set.

So what’d Lauren have on his mind?

Models walk the runway at the Ralph Lauren fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson SQ. on February 19, 2015 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz F

“The mix of clothes,” he said after the last of two shows. “The very sharp black silhouettes for evening. Sexy, very bare. Daytime is cashmere and warm and fur hats. The weather is changing and it sort of goes with the world.”

Kanye West, who made his fashion week debut last week, sat on Lauren’s front row with a smiling Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City.

“I love this so much. You know I love Ralph,” West gushed. “He’s the No. 1 inspiration. He’s the greatest designer of our time.”

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In more detailed notes, Lauren said he wanted to create a “sensual, textural world, a warm cozy winter wonderland of strength and dimension. From lush sophistication to the nomadic romance of artisanal shearlings to the spirit of simple elegance.”

He didn’t forget the sparkle, pairing a bronzy strapless sequin evening dress with one of his sensible hats and bushy faux fur at the lower arm to lend the wearer a fighting chance outdoors.

-Leanne Italie and Emerald Morrow

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