January 31, 2013 New York
But before you could dig too deep—though not before you stopped to admire the delicate hand-distressing of a shearling-lined jacket—you had entered the world of Black Label, Lauren's more urbane collection. Building on the slenderer silhouettes of last season, Black Label was again fitted in the young-gun mode, this time with narrower lapels to boot. (There's a sentence not often heard here.) The color of the season is city-sidewalk gray, layered monochromatically.
But then, off to Polo—mixed, as with last season, with the sportier RLX and the Olympics-themed line—which sent us, once again, to tweedy country togs and plenty of that beautiful green. But Polo, always the peacemaker of RL, manages to resolve the city-country divide. Here, heritage fabrics layered on tech ones, or combined both in one: the tweed down jacket over hither, the hiking boots with repp tie yon.