New York: Best of the Rest

NEW YORK…After a brief flirtation with urban tailoring that included suits and outerwear in grey flannel and purple accented by leopard print accessories, Ralph Lauren took his audience on a Highland Fling by way of the American West! Buffalo plaid shirts and coats mixed with Navajo print coats and sweaters, skinny black leggings with scrunchy boots, even a sexy black beaded and feathered tulle skirt. For that evening affair in a Scottish castle, a high-collared gown in black watch tartan with semi-transparent layers looked appropriate. For the finale, Lauren chose plush dark velvet for evening dresses with intricate embellishment, gold detailing and more feathers that would look great whatever the occasion or location.

For his debut at Bill Blass Peter Som was inspired by original look-books from 1969 and 1970 found in the company archives. The resulting collection blended vintage and modern looks that could broaden the appeal of this most venerable house of American sportwear to include the younger socialista set without alienating the old guard. Chic and sexy tuxedo looks mixed with pant suits in grey flannel and Alpine influenced outfits that matched dirndls to fur boleros in the “magic forest” green shade seen on many runways all week. For night, cocktail dresses were embellished with feathers and beading.

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