22 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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New York: Riding the wave of Asian references that began last season, Ralph Lauren looked east for F/W 11. A departure for the all-American designer, the Chinese-inspired collection was timely and on-trend. Drop-waisted beaded dresses and Art Deco jewelry connected the looks to the decadent 1920s. Though overt uses of Asian elements were presented – Mandarin collars, cheongsams and embroidered dragons – Lauren also included more subtle references, including glossy black leathers that suggested traditional lacquered boxes. The designer also endorsed the velvet trend, seen all over the runways thus far, and luxurious furs also made an appearance. Pinstriped suits, crisp white shirts and tailored trousers were a concession to longtime fans of the label, offering the classics they have come to expect from this revered designer.
Color: Black / White / Red / Green / Ruby red / Vivid purple
Key Items: Cheongsams / Beaded 1920s dresses / Black leather trench / Embroidered jackets & coat / Pinstriped suits
Materials: Polished silks / Tulle / Tweed / Black leather / Velvet / Pinstriped suitings / Fur
Details + Trim: Beading / Embroidery / Fur collars and trim / Mandarin collars / Double-breasted closures
Accessories + Footwear: Bow ties / Circle glasses / Jade and coral jewelry / Bangle bracelets / Belts with jeweled clasps / Turbans / Cloches / Fur clutches / Peep-toe platform ankle-strap sandals
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