It's been four years since Ralph Lauren showed his Resort collection to the press, but he came back with a splash today, showing house classics like his fringed suede jacket, body-skimming evening sheaths, and safari-influenced pieces in seriously bright shades of hyacinth pink, lime, lemon, and orange. A floral print combined all of those hues and an electric plaid was unlike anything seen on Downton Abbey, the hit TV show that inspired his Fall collection. For tamer souls, most of the pieces are also available in a neutral khaki.
A beaded and hand-painted lamé slipdress reverberated with the distant roar of the 1920's, but overall, this outing had a more contemporary feeling. Lauren, like other designers these days, is liking the way a tunic looks over cropped and tapered pants, and for footwear, he even showed his own take on heel-less platforms.