Although we have little opportunity in our region to experience the “polar vortex” that afflicts other parts of the world, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate designers who truly know how to craft desirable style out of winter-proof fashion. For Fall/Winter 2015, Ralph Lauren crafted a sumptuous, cozy collection that supported the idea that one could truly look sensational even when dressed in throat-to-toe wool. His inspiration was the American West, a well-trod arena for the brand, but this time around his lush and sophisticated pieces translated beyond the West.
In shades the color of desert sand and neutral khaki, Lauren showed utilitarian wool separates balanced with soft elements. Delicate blouses were decorated with sequined embroidery in subtle Navajo patterns, and multi-hued feather skirts were a dreamy and fantastic look for the season. Westernwear was liminally present through fringe, which decorated gorgeous cape/shrug hybrids, suede-like culottes, patchworked capes, and bags. Lauren’s outfits were so cushiony and tactile that we would love nothing more than to dive into a pile of them (or wear them, for that matter). From his sumptuous display of layered pieces, Lauren moved to explore suiting. The Old West outlaw was presented in sharply tailored three-piece suits, some made entirely of leather, while other suiting was modernized when transformed into minimalist jumpsuits. Simple black column gowns in lace and velvet paved the way for more impressive eveningwear, which took the runway in shades of glittering champagne and gold. The collection was undeniably great – desirable, practical, cozy – but the best part was that Lauren shares Savoir Flair’s view on the use of fur products. In the show notes, he highlighted the fact that all of the fur in the collection was actually constructed of shearling. If we had hats on, we’d take them off. Bravo, Mr. Lauren.
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