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August 23 2014

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An Evening Out With The Laurens

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Like uncle, like nephew? The sartorial eye seems to run, no surprise, in the Lauren family. At Greg Lauren’s art installation Counter Couture at the French Institute, the L.A.-based designer and artist has mocked up a sort of combination workroom-showroom probably not too different from his famous uncle Ralph’s—the key difference being that all the clothes here are made out of Japanese paper.

“From a young age, I’ve noticed the way a pocket flap fades, or wrinkles when it’s washed,” Lauren explained of his meticulous creations (pictured). “I’d been introduced to certain icons of style through clothing,” whether that was army uniforms, the perfect suit, or nautical gear, he continued. “I was taught to love all these different male archetypes. And at a certain point, I wanted to understand why that was, as opposed to trying to aspire to be someone else,” he added. Hence his art, not to mention his designs, which (like the frayed, oversized black cardigan he was wearing at the opening) are more bohemian than most of what’s come out of the RL workshop.

Speaking of, where was that paterfamilias? “I think he was going to the theater tonight,” shrugged Dylan Lauren, who came by to greet her cousin (and his wife, actress Elizabeth Berkley) before heading downtown to meet brother David at a Haiti fundraiser at their dad’s Soho store. Ralph’s brother, Jerry Lauren, couldn’t be persuaded to join them. “That one’s for the kids only,” he winked.

Photo: Shaun Mader / Patrick McMullan

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