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."