When Ralph decides to give a woman flowers, he doesn’t half-ass it. It’s not in his vocabulary. For his presentation, he transformed the uptown Madison Avenue Ralph Lauren flagship into a garden of greenery and orchids, a graceful stage from which he launched a collection (available right afterward) of neutral-toned ready-to-wear that for Lauren-ites work in Manhattan, Easthampton and Kenya.
Sporty separates like gently tailored blazers and button-downs mixed with day dresses cut either crisp and architectural or silky and fluid and crochet dresses. Lauren varied his silhouettes to give his clients variety but kept the earthy palette consistent, adding in leopard totes and satchels, snake platform sandals and bold, tribal metal necklaces to anchor it all.
There’s always an element of leather and denim chez Ralph, this time seen in sexy motorcycle pants, a jumpsuit and a great belted jacket worn with harem pants — all black-on-black.
The silk road continued for evening, with a bevy of lustrous long gowns in crushed monotone silk or subtle florals. In a few places, Lauren brought in an exotic theme, seen in the sari-like shoulder drape of one gown or the print of another.
In a true mix of high-low, uptown-meets-downtown and urban glamour, the show ended on a silk parachute gown in a painterly floral worn open over a pair of terrifically distressed jeans. You never know when you might need to make a dashing getaway.
By Nandini D’Souza Wolfe
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US
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