After 29 different backstage beauty events and front of house shows, the final day of Fashion Week is where I get to the point where getting up would be a complete struggle if it weren’t for the Ralph Lauren presentation. It’s the way I’m lucky enough to end my fashion week every season and it’s literally the best way to end it. Because, when you walk into this show, you’re enveloped in the white glove world of the master and it’s an honor to see him at work every season.
All of us who made our way to the far west side of Soho were greeted with a giant bouquet of flowers at his new venue and, once inside, were seated in a luxury venue with tiny Valentines on our seats, courtesy of Mr. Lauren and his daughter’s business, Dylan’s Candy Bar.
But once the show commenced, the Valentines were briefly forgotten and the clothes came down the runway to a sweeping orchestral soundtrack.
One would think with the chandeliers sporting antler motif that a Western theme was coming, but you would be wrong: the collection appeared to have been influenced by Russia, with touches of velvet, embroideries and nautical sweaters, caps and jackets.
The show opened with nautical and military influences pulled from his long-honed arsenal of design in wool, cashmere, calf and bonded leather with a particularly smart interpretation: a fitted fisherman sweater with a long skirt flowing in taffeta and organza with a side-swept bag that brought the look to modern times.
The collection evolved into beautiful A-line velvet dresses and then exploded into eveningwear with a keen eye to the inspired theme, showing cossack hats with gowns that pulled to the floor with dramatic,weighty velvet or seemed to want to float to the sky in organza, taffeta and silk. As a longtime Lauren fan, there ‘s always one dress that brings me to tears in the presentation and it was this one, a long velvet column with a fitted choker that was seemingly spun from some mythical spider into strands of crystals that swayed from the model’s neck.
When the final dress hit the runway, a champagne-hued tulle beaded dress with a shearling capelet, it was if the north winds blew through the runway, causing gasps of delight. These clothes are the items of dreams for many of us who love Ralph Lauren and – I’ve never said this before – if I ever get married, that is exactly the dress I would want to wear.
As someone who viewed the collection, it’s one of my favorites I’ve had a chance to view and it was absolutely one of the most cohesive of his recent career. Gorgeous, glamorous, and modern with a very particular point of view, I’m hoping that it’s not the last time I’ll ever see the master at work, weaving his finely-detailed magic for the adornment of all of us who love him and his world so very much.
It was beautiful. See the photos below so you can take it in for yourself.