One of the great joys and challenges of fashion for designer andconsumer alike is stepping out of one’s comfort zone, daring to be alittle different without looking like you’ve lost your mind, sartoriallyspeaking. We all know Ralph Lauren’s beloved, immediately recognizablereference points; Spain, Mexico and other epicenters of sensual Latinstyle are not on the tour.

Until now. On Thursday morning Lauren went Latin con gusto,indicating that his risk-taking tendencies are not limited to a yellowFerrari and selling burgers on Boulevard Saint-Germain. Though notperfect — the show ran too long and at times, too literal — the clothesflaunted an unexpected visual bravado, without betraying a bit of thedesigner’s ethos, and many of them looked great.

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