As a longtime fan of American fashion, there are a few names that thrill my heart when I hear them, but when you get an engraved invitation with one gentleman’s name on it, it’s like the thrill of the right guy saying “I love you.” My love affair with the designs of one of the greatest American designers in history, Ralph Lauren, continued this season.
As a longtime fan of Mr. Lauren’s work, I took a bit of time to write up my review of the collection (not THAT long, consider it was just five days ago) because I wanted to be able to impart upon you what it was like to see that collection in person. But thanks to his son David and their team’s dedication to social media, I can let you watch and we can then discuss. Enjoy.
The Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 Collection was an experience in optimism and a return to the delightful style of 20’s-era fashion, recalling one of Lauren’s original roles right after founding his company as the costume designer for The Great Gatsby. Garden prints and Easter egg pastels were celebrated with an evolution into creams and silver/platinum that made the eyes dance. Both masculine and feminine items were shown together and with great success (as Lauren loves to do) with gorgeous separates and beautiful dresses mixed in with suits short and long and a playful pink take on the motorcycle jacket (complete with Daisy’s strand of pearls.)
The accessories followed suit, with raffia platform sandals, cloches (which would make their return throughout the collection with a multitude of looks,) embroidered bags, and strands of pearls and diamonds bringing a light, celebratory feel to spring.
But then, as Lauren does, thing turned to night with such a breathtaking display that I had to show you the video to demonstrate how impossibly elegant and beautiful they were. Gowns and silken pajamas swept across the runway as if they were gliding on air, the entire crowd viewing drunk on a fashion-fueled, champagne-like haze. Ropes of crystals danced across the shoulders and down the columns of gowns, the fabric moved in a hypnotic sway. The Jazz Age seemed to be brought back to life in a heavenly display of white satin, silk and glittering crystals and beads.
I’ve reported before that Lauren has said there’s no such thing as luck, that hard work determines who takes the game in this life. As that is the case, with this Spring 2012 collection I’m here to report that Lauren has sealed his position as Master and Champion. Game, set and match to the designer and this mind-blowing Spring collection. Bravo, Mr. Lauren. Bravo.