NEW YORK (AP) - Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville certainly know how to warm up an audience: With hot cider, hot chocolate, and mini-cinnamon doughnuts, fried up on the spot.

NEW YORK (AP) Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville certainly know how to warm up an audience: With hot cider, hot chocolate, and mini-cinnamon doughnuts, fried up on the spot.

That's what awaited the crowd at Rag & Bone's runway show Friday, in the chilly, cavernous space of a now-defunct section of Manhattan's main post office.

But the way to a fashion consumer's heart Is not through the stomach well, not ONLY through the stomach. Also the eyes. Rag & Bone has become a top fashion label with its runway show considered a must-see every season because it has come up with a distinctive way of expressing casual chic.

In the words of supermodel Karolina Kurkova, who came to the show not to walk the runway but simply to watch: "Rag & Bone is great for running around, but (also) having a little bit of style being comfortable, being cool, but you know still having a little bit of modern action."

Wainwright and Neville described the inspiration for this latest collection as an eclectic mix of eras and styles.

"There's a new mood and theme every time," Wainwright said in an interview before the show. "There's quite a strong '50s silhouette going on with the high-waisted pants, short tops. But also there's an '80s English feel. This one is really quintessential Rag & Bone."

The fabrics were rich, as in a buffalo-check mohair coat or a casual jacket in satin crepe. Echoing the '50s theme, there were bowling shirts albeit in lush fabrics embroidered with the model's name in the corner. There was plenty of black and other dark colors, but also a few shocks of red: a bright red suede dress, for example, or a pair of slouchy red boots with a drawstring top.

In the front row, there was a fashion writer named Joe Jonas; yes, the very same Jonas brother, writing during Fashion Week for New York Magazine's fashion site, The Cut.

"They asked me to give my opinions on what I like and stuff, so it's been a lot of fun," he said in an interview.

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AP writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report.