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.

The gleaming glass cases were grouped in pretty vignettes with basket weave and crocheted effects as two major motifs. The craftsmanship was remarkable on ivory crochet oxford shoes, hand-embroidered lace-up linen booties and an embroidered linen clutch with a bamboo frame. This was Lauren in nostalgic romance mode, and though there were antique overtones in dusty florals and vintage shapes, the coin purses in particular, he did a fabulous job of making it of-the-moment with circular sunglasses, a fringed scarf hobo bag and woven platform sandals.

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