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New York Fashion Week day eight: The grand finale

The final shows of New York Fashion Week fell on Sept. 11, as many often do, and as always, designers worked to put an upbeat spin on a solemn day for the city.

From 1 World Trade Center standing tall in the distance above Ralph Lauren's downtown venue, to Sarah Jessica Parker's sentimental tweet on the way to Calvin Klein, to artist Enoc Perez's skyscraper-inspired prints for J. Mendel, reminders of all we lost on that fateful day 13 years ago were everywhere, but so was the feeling of a stronger and more united city. As they say, the show must go on.

Perez said spending the day watching his NYC-inspired art walk down the runway as fashion felt just right. "It epitomizes that as New Yorkers, we just keep moving forward," he said. "We will always keep moving forward."

Ralph Lauren's luxury safari

Hat, windbreaker, cargo pants, insect repellent... tulle skirt,
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Hat, windbreaker, cargo pants, insect repellent... tulle skirt, platform sandals and jewels? Ralph Lauren's is not your average safari packing list.

Lauren sent a bevy of dressed-down beauties, in earth tone safari jackets, shirt dresses and cargo pants, down the runway, but first he showered them in vibrant jewels.

Actress Julianne Moore lit up in the front row as he then brought out the silk, satin, tulle and taffeta evening gowns in hues ranging from bright citrus and hot fuchsia back to muted olive and sage, paired with beaded clutches and metallic sandals. Because sometimes, you need something that will take you from day to night-- or safari to red carpet, for that matter.

J. Mendel's skyscrapers

The well-timed J. Mendel show came out looking
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The well-timed J. Mendel show came out looking like an ode to New York City, thanks to skyscraper prints by artist Enoc Perez. "Andy Warhol painted celebrities... I paint buildings," Perez said. "I love buildings, I love New York."

The prints graced everything from V-neck, asymmetrical and bustier mini-dresses to fur coats and strappy stilettos. The cuts and mix of fabrics also gave off an architectural vibe, in a very sleek, urban-chic way. "I'm always inspired by art," Mendel said, "but studying [Perez's] work and changing the language from art to fashion was a great experience."

But what was Mendel looking forward to most after spending "millions of hours" translating paintings to intricate embroidery? Sharing a burger with his kids across the street at P.J. Clarke's. "Family time is the best time," he said.

SJP plays favorites

New York style icon Sarah Jessica Parker attended
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New York style icon Sarah Jessica Parker attended just one Fashion Week show in her hometown this season... and she saved the honor for Calvin Klein.

"On my way to calvinklein. It'll be nice to be downtown to on this day," she captioned a photo of herself in the cobalt trench coat and pointed-toe black heels she wore to the event.

Parker took in Francisco Costa’s fluid silhouettes and predominantly red, white and blue color scheme beside Anna Wintour... but we really just want to know what she thought of the mod platform sandals.

Marc Jacobs' makeup-free models

Hashtags have become synonymous with Fashion Week, but
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Hashtags have become synonymous with Fashion Week, but here's one we never thought we'd see next to #NYFW: #NoMakeup.

Marc Jacobs' show, the final event of the New York season, featured models au naturel, including beauties Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss and Jessica Stam.

They did wear dark wigs, with full bangs that sort of hid their mascara and liner-free eyes, to be fair. The vibe was very militaristic but still feminine, with backpacks, duffels, big button details, pockets, crisp collars and waists cinched by serious belts.

The sandals were pretty normcore (As Nina Garcia put it, "Dr. Scholl's in satin and velvet"), but that was about all that was normal... models walked on a pink gravel runway around a 10,000-square-foot hot pink house while guests were asked to wear Beats by Dre headphones to hear Jacobs' voice narrating along with the music.

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