There is one show I attend religiously at fashion weeks, and one show I will continue to frequent until I am no longer invited. That is, of course, the classic spectacle that is the Ralph Lauren runway during New York Fashion Week. I suppose you could place me in Timbuktu and I’d still find a way to get there and attend, and here’s why. No matter what the season or year, this is a show that never disappoints. Ralph Lauren once famously said, “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.” And each year, as we sit catwalk side, we are all swept away by this dream world. We are seduced by the luxury layers, the mix of terrific textures and the elegant elevation of the fashion world in general, as beautiful models swan down the catwalk as confident in the collection they wear as the man who designed it himself.
This season Ralph Lauren gave us a plethora of options for a workable winter wardrobe. He used shearling in every way imaginable – coats, gloves, hats, shawls and bags. Fringe, which has become an RL staple, was woven into poncho like sweaters, shawls and kaftans. And when it comes to turtlenecks, you’ll be hard pressed to find a designer that loves them more. They’re seen on this catwalk in every casual look and it’s the first time I’ll say I’m sold on the idea. Ban necks for the season! Let them be covered in Ralph instead. All hail the mighty turtleneck!
Of course, while the collection itself is positively sensational, the styling is second to none. Even if you are screaming, “how can I afford this collection,” there is plenty to be learned here simply in the way each ensemble is styled. And as Mr. Lauren said, he’s designing “the dream.” So I like to think he’d be happy to act as style guru to the world as well as the perfect purveyor of the American Dream.