September 14, 2004 New York
From slouchy silk cardigans over fragile lingerie dresses, to narrow, nip-waisted jackets over slim, calf-grazing skirts, to tan shantung suits with cropped trousers, Lauren sent out entire outfits that could sail straight into the closet of a latter-day Daisy Buchanan. Sound too retro? No, thanks to a handful of deft, modern touches like gleaming, silvery fabrics; metallic belts; high-heel spectator pumps; and even a Polo pony logo, redone in crystal on a pair of full-cut white denim jeans.
For evening, Lauren rose to the occasion with a series of figure-caressing, bias-cut hammered-satin gowns. The forebears of these pieces were worn in rooms filled with witty banter and popping Champagne corks; their seductive descendents are destined for red carpets and popping flashbulbs.