Easy, fluid style rules NY Fashion Week

If there was a single message to take away from New York Fashion Week, it was this: Take it easy, fashionistas.

Languid, fluid styles were dominant in the eight days of spring previews that wrapped up on Thursday. Silhouettes were long and loose, sometimes billowy, in chiffon, tulle and silk.

It was a far cry from the warrior look that has dominated the runways in recent seasons, and it reflected a new optimism that also came through in the use of white and sheer fabrics.

“I think the collections have been very optimistic. The best of them have been very colorful and pretty and romantic,” said Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.

The hot ticket on the final day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is Thursday night’s return of Gwen Stefani and her LAMB collection to the runway. But heavyweights Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta also had their chance to put their stamp on this round of previews before fashion insiders take off to London, Milan and Paris.