July 09, 2007
Bikini? Check. Little black dress? Check. Beach bag? Check. Ralph Lauren's concise resort lineup read like a luxe packing list for a midwinter weekend trip to Mustique. Working in a palette of white, black, and acid yellow, with a multicolor floral tossed in, he kept the shapes (tank dress, sailor pants, V-neck maillot) as simple and as bare as a vacation in a hot clime requires. The flouncy, flamenco-esque ruffles that decorated the neckline of a low-cut blouse and the hem of a party dress were the only extras; they gave the collection some spice.