Each season, there are a few Fashion Week invitations that you just cross your fingers and hope arrive in your mailbox. One of them is my beloved Donna Karan and the other is a gentleman you might have heard me speak of a few times: American designing icon Ralph Lauren. From the engraved invitations to the incredible venue, everything is just like every experience you have with his designs: well-designed, impeccably presented and with the white glove touch of luxury.
This is the first season I’ve been able to actually SHOW you what I see when I walk into the venue on the last day of Fashion Week. From the beautiful venue to the cushioned seating arrangements that ensure you have a great view of the collection, it’s understood that it’s an honor and a privilege to be invited to the show. Let me state that seating arrangement again so you understand the importance. At other shows, the rows can go up in number to 8, which gives you the kind of view of the clothes that one might experience at a sporting event from the upper deck. When you arrive at Mr. Lauren’s venue, there are only four rows and all four have a full, unencumbered view of the show. It’s such a joy.
Also, a quick celebrity moment. I rarely talk about celebs on this site, but it’s a rare treat to see Bruce Weber, one of our generation’s greatest photographers, sitting front row at the show. Also in attendance were the breathtaking Olivia Wilde..
Jessica Alba and, gals, feast your eyes on Ryan Lochte.
The beautiful Lauren family was also seated front row in their usual spot, center of the runway, end of the second row. They greeted him at the end. I love this photo.
This season, Mr. Lauren took us to Spain, with gorgeous day and nightwear inspired by the lovely culture of Spain. A bit more understated than his last collection inspired by The Great Gatsby but in no way less impactful, it’s filled with beautiful, feminine day wear, laser-cut leather accessories, gorgeous serape blanket stripes, shawls, gaucho hats and berets, scarved and rich hues. Evening transports us to the tango floor, with flouced skirts, ruffles, draped jet beads, exquisite embroidery and luxurious touches. Hues range from primary to secondary, but the pops of cerulean blue and Spanish red were personal favorites.
I don’t want to prattle on too much about the collection. I’d rather you check it out for yourself. Here is, for the first time in the history of my site, pretty much the entire Ralph Lauren collection, shot by my own hand and my SERIOUSLY amazing Nikon camera from Target. I think you will understand the beauty and admiration I have for Mr. Lauren’s work. It is my sincere hope that these photos do the collection justice.
All photos in this post were taken with the Nikon D-3200 camera, which is featured as part of my New York Fashion Week partnership with Target. To learn more about this camera, head to Target.com or your local Target store for high-performance electronics at an incredible price.