83 posts tagged "Ralph Lauren"
When Karl Lagerfeld rounded up the fashion set in Dallas for Chanel’s rodeo of a Métiers d’Arts show back in December, sending all manner of Lone Star-inspired embroideries and fringed suede (not to mention a Chanel No. 5 holster) down the runway, we figured we’d see a Western revival. Just weeks later, both Alexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi featured city-ready cowgirl boots in their respective Pre-Fall lineups. Not long after that, Donatella Versace went maverick with her Fall menswear collection, which boasted updated chaps, bolo ties, and sharp suits embellished with horseshoe, cactus, and sheriff’s badge motifs. And don’t forget Ralph Lauren. An original pioneer of the frontier style, he put his Polo women’s collection on the catwalk for the first time, and trotted out serape blanket coats and prairie skirts. The Americana movement has taken hold in the streets, too, with models such as Hanne Gaby Odiele incorporating old-school bandannas into their off-duty wardrobes. Stetsons and 10-gallon hats, meanwhile, have become a phenomenon in their own right: The wide-brimmed toppers have replaced fedoras as hipsters’ headwear of choice. But fashion isn’t the only industry romanticizing the Wild West. A new wave of Western flicks (including Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, which debuted at Cannes over the weekend) will hit theaters this year.
The color shy need not apply. Ralph Lauren’s Fall 1999 outing bid adieu to the 20th century with a bang, offering Technicolor takes on Lauren’s all-American vernacular. Another not-too-shabby shade? The bold blue of a young Tyson Beckford’s specs. Watch the latest Throwback Thursdays With Tim Blanks here.
During New York fashion week, pale pink was the street-style color of choice, at least as far as coats were concerned. Ever since Carven sent pastel cocoon coats down the runway last September, we’ve coveted a rosy topper—this editor even surrendered to one. And while by week’s end the pale-hued jackets felt all but ubiquitous, the last day of the New York collections began to validate my purchase.
Both Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs cast cloudy variations of neutrals, muddled blues, frothy greens, and lilacs down the runway. We saw comparable wares (plush pink coat included) from Francisco Costa earlier at Calvin Klein Pre-Fall. Marc Jacobs’ girls, with their pristine beauty looks, were visions of almost unattainable perfection—almost like femme fatales from the future. In London Christopher Kane sang a similar tune: His models seemed prepared to conquer all elements—rosé-colored dresses finished with swirled sleeves made a fembot-esque statement. But we had to wonder, would the Italian designers follow suit? Yesterday, Frida Giannini’s pastel-powered Gucci girls took charge in sixties-infused monochromatic shirt-and-suit combos in sage green, baby blue, and sandy pink. While we can appreciate Madonna in a double-breasted Ralph Lauren tuxedo, this color theory is proof that we don’t need to borrow from the boys or opt for a classic black-and-white combo to state our claim as H.B.I.C.