Paying tribute to Babe Paley, the Manhattan socialite, who dominated New York in the Fifties, the line featured miniskirts and ruffle dresses done in grosgrain ribbon, slouchy cashmere V-neck sweaters, cropped polo shirts and pleated tennis skirts.
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Over at Marc Jacobs the mood was all about Seventies glamour: Think Faye Dunaway in eye-popping playsuits, teamed with wide-brimmed hats and oversized sunnies.
Neutral colours draped to create über-feminine forms were the key notes from the queen of simplicity, Donna Karan.
Meanwhile, Venezuela-born Carolina Herrera swapped her Latin heritage for exotic Eastern inspiration this season.