New York kicks off 2015 spring/summer fashion season

English fashion designer Gareth PughThe first 2015 spring/summer fashion week of the season opens in New York Thursday with designers pushing the boat out like never before and Ralph Lauren unveiling his collection in Central Park. Dominated by big US designers led by Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, emerging talent from Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East will snip at the sidelines, hoping for their big break. Around 30 small shows have already been held, often chances for emerging designers to make their first big American splash — such as Russia’s Alina German and Israeli-born Daniel Silverstain on Wednesday. Among the most hotly anticipated collections are that of Britain’s Gareth Pugh, who has deserted the Paris catwalk in favor of New York on a one-time basis only.