The world of Ralph Lauren is the stuff of legend — sophisticated,graceful, adventurous. Yet sometimes we forget just how diverse a worldit is, one open to various demographics and stylistic viewpoints.


On Thursday, Lauren reminded us of exactly that when he showedtwo very different aspects of his world, the signature collection andhis new Polo women’s line, with which he opened. The set that featured agrand, pilastered arch and three massive crystal chandeliers set thetone for the former. But no matter, the girls of Polo would charm in anyenvironment. The lineup is vast and Lauren highlighted its variousmoods, all deeply entrenched in the more casual side of his aesthetic.Oddly, he opened with the weakest part, neon puffers and sweaters overblack dresses and skirts that felt a bit old-school. But a few looks in,out came an Aztec-patterned cardigan over a Henley T-dress, and thePolo-ette found her groove with grounded, feisty fashion well-suited to abusy, casual lifestyle. This was followed by a fast assortment rootedin the glorious house lexicon — tweeds, tartans, Nordic, dusty florals,jeans — worn in charming pilings that swung from slightly subversivepreppy to chic tomboy.

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