Ralph Lauren


New York: With Stevie Nicks blaring on the speakers and long floral skirts floating down the runway, there was a bohemian mood at Ralph Lauren’s latest collection. Berets, fingerless lace gloves and vintage-style boots helped to express the unfettered, freewheeling feeling. While this might sound like a major departure for Ralph and his buttoned-up, all-American aesthetic, the designer managed to inflect all the looks with his particular brand of rustic sophistication. Continuing the menswear theme from last season, Lauren mixed the florals with tweed vests, tailored trousers and oversized blazers, and toughened things up with wide leather belts. Pinstriped suits and suiting separates were cut slim and looked ultra-chic. The equestrian theme that has influenced so many of his collections appeared again with tweed pants in the full-hipped jodhpur shape, slim suede pants with reinforced knees, and snug spencer jackets with gathered shoulders and nipped-in waists. The new mismatched ensembling harmonized effortlessly with Lauren’s classics and is sure to appeal to a new generation of followers, solidifying the designer’s lasting influence on American fashion.

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