2009 February 20
(NEW YORK) Ralph Lauren
There's a reason that Ralph Lauren is a titan of American fashion, and once again, he delivered beautifully with a Fall collection that tread a fine line between appeasing a hungry customer and encouraging her to chart new territories. There were pantsuits and vests galore, rendered in luxe tweeds and topped with wrapped, feathery chiffon scarves. But the eveningwear was particularly accomplished, with a sculptural column rendered in a gold lame that stopped shining for only a moment to reveal a hint of a floral pattern. Several striking black gowns could've been designed with Angelina Jolie in mind. Overall, the effect was a modernized look at Lauren's trademarked aesthetic. So much to love!
"This collection is sensibility meets fashion," said Tommy Hilfiger before the show. "We've designed this for the opening of our Fifth Avenue flagship. This is attainable and accessible collection." To the tunes of Carly Simon, the designer showcased what he does best: beautiful pea coats, desirable sweaters, and intelligent denims. The styling was on-point--same with the rich selection of blouses, canvas trenches, and sleek trousers. "Everyone needs a great classic," raved Diane Kruger. "And Tommy delivered."
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