Ralph Lauren tapped into fashion's current need for
simplicity, referencing equestrian uniforms and making
them relevant for modern urban life.
Lauren's fine-gauge cashmere turtlenecks, lush cable
sweaters, cavalry twill pants, textured crocodile belts and
plaid jackets with leather elbow patches will work
perfectly for a casual lunch date or a weekend
getaway to Greenwich, Conn. Supple espresso
leather shirtdresses, fitted chocolate suede pants and
generously ruffled shirts also looked practical and
smart, as did the short, easygoing georgette cocktail
slips lavished with beaded paisleys.
For evening, Lauren segued into long, rich velvet skirts and
floor-length strapless gowns, but the real
show-stoppers were a series of tuxedos that could be
worn with an ivory silk shirt, a short string of
diamonds, or nothing at all. As Lauren stated in his
show program: "It's thoroughbred dressing at its
newest and most chic."