September 15, 2005 New York
He began with a series of navy jackets in a nautical theme, including a Sgt. Pepper style that divided the audiencesome loved its gold bullion embroidery; others didn't. These were paired with classic linen pants and shorts or georgette skirts in white. From there, Lauren moved on to skirtsuits in crisp, mismatched shirting stripes. Interspersed throughout were eyelet and lace, in keeping with the season's trends, and other itemsa horse-blanket poncho, a patchwork jacket, thrashed and embellished jeansthat were distinctly Ralph.
For evening, he took the menswear fabrics he knows so well and shirred, ruched, and ruffled them to create sweet but seductive shapes. More of that gold bullion appeared on a swishy cocktail number, but a gown made from yard after yard of embroidered white tulle was the show's real stunner.