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Ralph Lauren

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COUNTRY WESTERN

New York: Returning to the wildness of the American prairie, Ralph Lauren presented a range of rustic, vintage-inspired looks that referenced the Old West. By no means a reprise of his S/S 10 show, this collection was both more feminine and tougher. Swinging leather fringe, silver concha belts, prickly wool Navajo-blanket bags and leather chokers gave looks an uninhibited rusticity, conjuring up 1990s epic films like Dances with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans. Victorian high-necked lace blouses, leg o’mutton sleeves and nipped-in waists added a romantic element and balanced out the tougher pieces, while faded, delicate florals had a Dust Bowl-era charm. Subtle nods to menswear in the form of billowy button-ups and pinstriped linen trousers were on-trend but not overwhelming, and a hint of equestrian elegance, via slim suede pants and riding jackets, looked right. Lauren concluded the show with evening versions of the pieces he first sent out. Leather pants featured lace insets, fringed skirts were beaded and embellished, and jackets were crafted from extra-shiny silver satin. The Western theme is a mainstay for Lauren and a part of his brand’s DNA; it was no surprise that his current interpretation was undeniably masterful.

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