Winter pastels color Lauren's fall lineup

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NEW YORK -- Last February, New York Fashion Week came in like a lion. This year it went out like one.

The final day of the eight-day marathon of runway shows and presentations previewing fall and winter 2014 fashions brought with it rain, sleet and nearly a foot of snow. But the severe weather wasn't enough to stave off the most serious fashion followers.

Ralph Lauren's pair of shows Thursday morning in the West Village went on as scheduled with a nearly packed house that included many industry elite, such as Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley.

Mr. Lauren featured a mix of sportier looks from the Polo Ralph Lauren line and soft elegant gowns, cashmere capes and ponchos and relaxed and slim pants from the Ralph Lauren Collection. In the latter, his incorporation of mauve, lavender, variations of gray and other winter pastels was refreshing in a Fashion Week that's been dominated by darker, earthier hues. Pops of monochromatic neons in the Polo line were reminiscent of looks from Mr. Lauren's spring 2014 runway show last September.

Uptown at the tents at Lincoln Center, home to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, crews worked to clear snow from the outdoor plaza. No shows were canceled, although the start time for the Hernan Lander show was pushed back an hour. J. Mendel's runway show in the early afternoon was well attended, although several empty seats dotted the theater.

Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs are among some of the other major designers who closed Fashion Week.

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