Sep 18, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Ralph Lauren’s love of menswear looks and the current popularity of T.V.’s Downton Abbey are well-established facts, so it makes sense the designer’s interest in classic English tailoring would dovetail with the much-watched series this season. Scored to Downtown Abbey’s theme song, Lauren opened with tapered trousers and round collar button-ups tucked beneath v-neck sweaters; dapper yet casual ensembles borrowed from a husband’s closet. Typical fare for the label, but the presentation quickly became more exciting due to wild print mixing of rich ocelot, argyle and plaid, as well as fur trim and bright accessories. This freewheeling attitude continued, resulting in surprising combinations like embroidered motorcycle jackets with plaid trousers and quilted tuxes with frog closures. It wasn’t all creative styling however, and Lauren gave into his more feminine instincts by closing with gowns both heavily beaded for the era of Downton and body-hugging enough for ours.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / Hourglass / Tapered / Fitted / Cropped / Lean / Fluid
Color: Tan / Black / Gold / Chestnut / White / Forest green / Turquoise / Bright orange / Lavender / Fuchsia / Electric purple / Cherry red
Key Items: Nipped-waist blazers / Tapered trousers / V-neck sweaters / Animal print overcoats / Wide leg trousers / Patterned suiting / Double breasted overcoats / Motorcycle jackets / Pencil skirts / Fitted black dresses / Metallic knit sweaters/ Beaded gowns
Materials: Tweed / Leather / Wool / Felt / Shearling / Knits / Cotton / Fur / Velvet / Twill / Satin / Chiffon / Silk / Feathers
Print + Pattern: Checks / Plaid / Herringbone / Fair Isle / Argyle / Animal prints / Pinstripes
Details + Trim: Beading / Contrast trim / Rounded collars / Self belts / Oversize collars / Embroidery / Quilting / Frog closures / Pleating / Asymmetry
Accessories + Footwear: Cloché hats / Menswear ties / Argyle hosiery / Fur scarves / High-heeled loafers / Driving caps / Feather brooches / Miniature frame bags / Crocodile briefcases / Bowler hats / Leather gloves / Pocket squares / Pumps / Sheer hosiery / Top hats / Choker necklaces / T-strap pumps / Satin clutches / Crystal drop earrings / Satin evening gloves
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