Ralph Lauren has cornered the market in high fashion costume drama. Taking inspiration from Downton Abbey to grand Siberian sweeps, Lauren understands epic. This time around Lauren's historical start point was much closer to home - our home, that is. For Spring Summer 2014 Lauren paid homage to 60's London with a collection that recalled its monochrome mod uniform. Opening looks proceeded in a procession of black and white. 'Mod florals', windowpane checks and stripes were printed across wool crepe miniskirt suits and dresses, all paired with black knee high socks.
Beatles mania was in full swing with double breasted suits paired with button up shirts and cravat ties. Patent minis, low slung belts, ankle boots and low block pumps added polish to the affair.
Halfway through the show, a shock of colour was injected in the form of eye-wateringly vivid sixties slips. From sunshine yellow, popping grass green and neon orange, these highlighter bright looks are certainly not for fashion wallflowers.
The tail end of the collection loosened up a little with wafting floor-length dresses, complete with deep sensual necklines hinting to the glamour of the next decade and Studio 54. Lauren can't resist a ruffle and several were added to his show-stopping dresses. Most pretty were the silk daisy appliqued numbers - the 60's motif was re-imagined in a floor sweeping glacial gown which would look entirely inappropriate on the back of a Vespa. Lauren went from mod to madame in the space of 52 looks.
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