IT was a combination of the French Riviera and Paris in springtime that played out on the Ralph Lauren catwalk with Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain and Alec Baldwin among those there to take it all in, Frank Sinatra chiming away in the background.
Quite the holiday.
What to pack for it? Ralph suggests bold graphic maxidresses, here they curved in lines of red and blue; wide palazzo pants and fine-knit bodysuits complete with cutouts. Of course, you’ll need a ballgown in stripes and plenty of preppy shirting, for which the designer is so well-known.
The Fall 2015 season is under way. It might take you weeks to get caught up on all the shows, so here is a daily edit of the best accessories and details from the collections, as selected by Style.com’s fashion market director, Rachael Wang.
Mary Katrantzou At Mary Katrantzou, the models floated by on chunky platforms wrapped in jewel-tone velvet, a girlish look complete with opaque ribbed tights and a Pepto-Bismol pink runway made of foam.
Ralph Lauren A wide-brim felt fedora isn’t necessarily breaking news, but there’s something to be said for a really good hat. Ralph Lauren’s oversize teddy brown version is an instant classic and added the perfect bit of rugged panache to a very glamorous collection.
Michael Kors Michael Kors nailed it with this top-handle handbag that reads like a mint-condition treasure you might find at an antique market. It’s equal parts luggage and doctor bag with enough hardware to make it special, the right warm caramel leather to make it versatile, and the perfect chubby size to make it practical for everyday.
Jason Wu It’s still early days, but Fall 2015 is going to be a big season for fur. Jason Wu’s belted stole added just the right covetable punctuation to an otherwise simple head-to-toe olive look.
RALPH LAUREN indulged in his sportier rather than his Hollywood side (though Hollywood was there and present with Julianne Moore in the front row) for a collection that was incredibly wearable and took the safari message and moved into something soft and extravagant.
It was an expedition through India as opposed to Africa though: khaki gazars and silk shantung for soft draping atop jodhpurs; shirt dresses and parka jackets; jewels of Jaipur Palace shine accessorising necks, ears and tumbling down torsos to contrast the terrain tones beneath. They came punchily accented by bright lemon, magenta, orange and hot pink for scarves beneath natty safari-style jackets, tight trousers beneath with huge zip pockets – perfect to stash all those treasures in. Those same pockets featured on eveningwear in the guise of billowing-skirt parkas, while less utilitarian options came by way of strapless or asymmetric gowns, sveltely wrapped around the body.
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.