Clearly, New York Fashion Week is over. The dust has settled, the crowds have dispersed and the circus of garments and attitudes has since passed. As evidenced by the tumbleweeds that blew across this site for the weekend, even I took a minute to digest everything that I had seen. I wanted to process the best of the best of where I think Spring is going from the shows I attended, and there’s no better place to start than at the top: Ralph Lauren Collection.
I’ve written about attending Ralph Lauren Collection presentations before, but I can’t express enough that the experience of attending a show of that caliber as the way to close Fashion Week is an experience to be had.
The Ralph Lauren world is white glove: everything is quality, everyone can see the collection from top to toe, every guest is treated with respect. When it comes to my motto about living life well because it’s short, I look to people like Mr. Lauren. He’s got it down pat.
The direction of the clothes was hinted as we walked into the venue: a start black and white presentation atmosphere with a sleek jet runway and white seats. Gone were the ornate chandeliers and creamy hues of the past: Papa had a whole new bag coming for Spring 2014. And as the models came strutting out of their seats to John Lennon’s “Strange Days,” it was evident that mod was the name of the game for Spring 2014.
A lot of the strong familiars were there: menswear suiting interpreted for the female form, long slipdresses that seem to whisper romance as they slither around the body as a woman walks, showstopper gowns. But this season, the heavy ornamentation is gone. Ralph wants us to remember how to have fun, to lighten up. The black and white palette with silhouettes borrowed from Carnaby Street gave way to mod dresses and modern suiting in vibrant, juicy hues, then evolved into a collection of white dresses and gowns, ending with primary-colored evening wear and a showstopping caftan gown with a plunging neckline down to “there.” It was a fun presentation with clothes that were simple, well-cut and impactful. As per usual, well done.
I’ve gathered my favorite looks from the collection presentation below so you can see the master at work, but also to give some thought to the trends you’ll be seeing. That mod aspect to fashion and beauty is going to be a big them coming for next spring, so think about which pieces below you’d work into your own look. Are you more apt to add a juicy pop of color to your business wardrobe or do you think you’re more apt to add black and white? The possibilities are endless, but these are the looks I think you’ll see filter down into your local stores when the weather turns warmer next year.