NYFW A/W ‘11 Report: Ralph Lauren

18 February 2011

Earlier this week we were treated to a preview of Ralph Lauren's new denim collection, simply called Ralph Lauren Collection Denim. The aim is to inject some of the Ralph luxury into denim, and they succeed...of course! Waxed denim trench coats, jodphur jeans and a luxe motocross style all have the Ralph polish, so with that covered, we knew there was unlikely to be any denim in Ralph's main collection. Not that there would have been any place for it in the slick show. For a supremely black collection, it felt incredibly light and delicate. The first monochrome looks, with flashes of red or green in the shoes and jewellery hinted towards a slick 1920s Great Gatsby attitude, and while that continued through art deco belt buckles and beaded flapper dresses, the whole collection actually had more of an Eastern influence - right down to the David Bowie 'China Girl' soundtrack.
Mannish tailoring, tuxedo dressing and sporty coats led the first half of the show, and after a dramatic pause, the eveningwear drew us into fluid velvet dresses, incredible silk gowns, sweeping skirts and dramatic Chinese embroidered coats.
As new stores and fashion businesses open in booming China, we wonder how many other designers might be looking to the country this season.

- Kay Barron in New York


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