New York Fashion Week 2012: Marcus Wainwright"s baby is born on day of his show

From new dad to New York Fashion Week: Designer's dash from wife's bedside to the catwalk after baby is born on day of his show

The Rag & Bone shows are among the most eagerly-anticipated at New York Fashion Week.

But designer Marcus Wainwright almost didn't make the menswear event on Friday after his wife, Glenna, went into labour just hours before it was due to start.

Luckily for the fashion pack, his new baby daughter arrived first thing that morning, allowing him to make it to the venue in time for the midday start.

Rag & Bone's Marcus Wainwright (right) pictured with co-designer David Neville, became a father for the third time on the morning of his Friday show

Busy day: Rag & Bone's Marcus Wainwright (right) pictured with co-designer David Neville, became a father for the third time on the morning of his Friday show

British-born Mr Wainwright , 37, whose two sons were running around backstage with the children of co-founder David Neville, could be seen showing photographs of the newborn to his team, according to the Associated Press.

He admitted ahead of the show: 'My wife is very understanding.'

The label's womenswear show took place at 5pm, eating up further time away from the new addition to his family – though it is likely that he will be able to enjoy some downtime now that it is over.

Fashion moment: Mr Wainwright arrived at the show venue in time to see his designs on the runway

Fashion moment: Mr Wainwright arrived at the show venue in time to see his designs on the runway and take his bow at the end

The industry was quick to congratulate Mr Wainwright on his new daughter.

Anna Wintour was on the front row at the Rag & Bone womenswear show later that day

In Vogue: Anna Wintour was on the front row at the Rag & Bone womenswear show later that day

Glamour editor Cindi Leive took to Twitter to send her wishes to the couple, writing: 'Congrats2co-designer Marcus whose wife had a baby THIS MORNING.'

And Harper's Bazaar tweeted: 'Congrats to Marcus of @rag_bone on his third baby born today! And of course another wonderful show!'

Moda Operandi was especially impressed, adding: 'Marcus' wife had a baby girl a few hours ago and here he is smiling after his show! Superman! Is that you'

The womenswear show itself was another triumph for the duo, whose designs have become mainstays of the Downtown girl's wardrobe.

The pair started with English mainstays, including
tweeds, tails and jackets fit for military officers.

But a recent trip
to India also got them thinking about former British colonies and the
traditional dress in those mostly Asian places, they explained backstage
before the show.

Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone

New York darlings: The womenswear show was another triumph for the duo, whose designs have become mainstays of the Downtown girl's wardrobe

'We looked at the British Empire and the influence of British culture
there,' Mr Neville said. Then they saw a reciprocal relationship and how
those faraway lands have moved into European fashion, too, he said.