Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Ralph Lauren
To unveil his new Polo line for women, Ralph Lauren chose to show it first, just ahead of his main womenswear collection. It was a clever way to show the clear differentiation between the two.
Polo is devised as a label with a younger downtown feeling, with huge leather rucksacks, great Navajo knits, leather jeans, biker jackets and flippy mini skirts – all with loose swinging hair and all in a spectrum of primary colours: youthful, luxury optimism all the way.
In contrast the womenswear afterwards was the epitome of Lauren’s uptown luxe, starting with an array of winter white that was unimaginable to wear in the ice storm outside the show. The soft mauves and dove greys – which have been popular this season so far – were worked in classic Ralph Lauren styles: off the shoulder silk tops glimmering above split-side column skirts, shawl-backed sheath dresses and voluminous cloaks over masculine tailored suits. A mannish fur ted overcoat was stand-out, as were the suede capes and over-the-knee boots, while the finale of evening dresses were perfect in their simplicity.
This ran the gamut of everything a woman could want in her wardrobe – a really strong Lauren show.
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