On the final day of NYFW they opened with a big gun, as ever. Ralph Lauren has had the morning slot for seasons now, and it is the perfect way to end the week. 'I always feel grubby at Ralph Lauren,' a woman outside was heard to say, and we know exactly what she means. The presentation is immaculate, and the room luxurious (so much so that you worry about marking the seats). The models look like they have been scrubbed clean, sent on a two-week detox in the sun, and grown luscious locks overnight - regardless of the grungy looks they were sporting the night before. Then there were the clothes, which demand a Ralph Lauren lifestyle to match. S/S '11 is classic Ralph. He opened with leather jackets with fringing that bounced as easily as the girl's hair. Peasant blouses followed, teamed with printed waistcoats creating a Navajo/safari hybrid. There were a number of head-to-toe white looks - which we've also seen on a number of catwalks in New York - that led to someone wondering if the dry cleaners were in cahoots with the designers! It may not be the most practical for everyday dressing, but ideal for those perfect perfume advert moments we like to dream of! Following was a grouping of girls in baker boy hats, loose tailoring, simple shirting and crochet that was anything but kitsch. In the final evening section, the pairing of a silver metallic skirt and fine plaid blouse looked fresh, cool and unmistakably Ralph - just the way we like it.
- Kay Barron