Monday 20 February 2012

NYFW | Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012/13


Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012/13 

At Ralph Lauren, the curtain was raised on the show, so to speak, by the strains of the theme music to Downtown Abbey. Lauren's achingly romantic and lovingly nuanced idea of grand English country living has had a cinematic sweep that could give Downtown and Gosford a run for their pounds, shilling, and pence. Thet era and locale has been one of the mainstays of Lauren's career, turning the shooting parties and the candlelit dinners under the family Gainsboroughs into tweeds and Fair Isles, jodhpurs and hacking jackets, bias-cut slips and ravishing beaded flapper dresses of yore into clothes that manage to speak to the past yet also live and breathe in the here and now - and all around the globe, at that.

Enjoy Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012/13 Fashion Show at the end of this post!

LoL, Andrea 

All of these elements were in Ralph Lauren's show. From the opening looks that married snappy masculine tailoring in herringbone and boundstooth wools and Fair Isle sweaters in wonderful and original color combinations with lean pants; the roomier, relaxed, yet masculine line of the outer layer worn with something lean underneath taps into one of the key ideas about shape and form we've been seeing this week. What gave this an unexpected twist was the use of ocelot-print shearling in the mix, either for a casual, shrug-it-on-coat, or as a scarf tucked into the neck of the sweater; a cool and easy and highly covetable styling trick that really caught the eye.

As the show progressed, events took a turn - by turms dark and dramatic and golden-hued and glamorous. Lauren made the use of black leather - another recurrent theme these past few days - for a pleated skirt sliced with sheer panels that were revealed when it moved, pairing it with a black sweater threaded with gold beads. But it was with some of the closing, long evening looks that he reached a crescendo - columnar black velvet beaded at the neck, an exquisite undulation of gold-lamé pleats that could take you somewhere just as magical as any episode of a cult British TV show playing on a Sunday night.

The Roaring Twenties wee an obvious influence on a beaded flapper number and black column dresses picked out in gold and platinum Art Deco embroideries. Nonetheless, the evening looks as a whole felt modern.


Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photo Credit/Source: VOGUE
Photography by Marcio Madeira/firstView

Enjoy my previous Ralph Lauren post -

'NYFW | Long Island's North Shore by Ralph Lauren' 
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection


Shagun said...

Every design oozes glamor. A hint of Ralph Lauren sophistication in every creation.I would love to wear gold-silver halter-neck gown, which is exquisite in details.Your editorial is enjoyable, dear Andrea, with lovely photos!!!...Cheers,Shagun

Christina said...

What a gorgeous collection? I'm obsessed with that shining red dress and that golden dress, I must have that.

Christina @ Men's Suits

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