If the square footage alone that Ralph Lauren has dedicated to accessories in his newer flagships — shoe and handbag salons and a made-to-measure Ricky bag service — isn’t evidence enough that he’s ever more serious about that business, then hosting a separate presentation the day before his spring runway show certainly proved it.

For the first time, Lauren shone a spotlight on accessories alone Wednesday morning, flipping all the merchandise in his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue to display his spring accoutrements. Not only did the setup allow for up-close examination of the merch and all its finer points — there were many — but it teased what was to come on Thursday’s runway. Between the dreamy color scheme (champagne, pastel pink and seafoam green with an iridescent sheen) and the fantastic dainty details, all indications point toward an ultrafeminine beauty with potential for a return to the Gatsby-esque.

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