Ralph Lauren capitalized on fashion's current infatuation with Americana, mixing and matching romantic home-on-the-range elements with more rugged, vintage-inspired pieces.
Playing with white, sand and ivory, Lauren went for small, fitted jackets and low-rise, boot-cut trousers; flirty ruffles softened up blouses and long, full skirts. Shawls and ponchos surfaced in various forms: dramatically fringed, tied around the waist and embroidered with an assortment of flowers. Lauren did not, however, neglect his customers' need for everyday urban simplicityhis essential pantsuit came in beige wool gabardine with handpicked detailing. An ivory silk charmeuse pant and jacket ensemble provided a relaxed spin on the tuxedo.
Highlights of the collection included a beaded, scalloped camisole paired with natural deerskin jeans, and the combination of an embroidered tulle skirt, white linen shirt and distressed leather jacket that closed his show.
Spring 2002 Ready-to-Wear
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