Ralph Lauren is in a tweedy mood for fall.
In a far-reaching presentation at his Madison Avenue offices on Tuesday, the designer showed an assortment of tweed fabrics in each of his three cornerstone collections: Purple Label, Black Label and Polo. The offerings ranged from soft, washed variations to hearty, authentic Harris tweeds.
“Young guys are discovering Harris tweeds,” Lauren said. “We do well with tweed. We offer it not just because it’s selling, but because people want it. There’s an old-world purity, style and charm” to the fabric that is finding fans among today’s youth, and men are seeking it out.
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Beyond tweeds, Lauren embraced a monochromatic color palette for his Purple and Black Label tailored pieces. “I’m tired of white and black,” he said. “It’s sexier when it’s monochromatic.” In Purple Label, gray flannel was prevalent, and offered in a variety of subtle patterns. Pant legs were slim; dressy sweaters were offered in cashmere and lamb’s wool, and there was a selection of pieces made from suede and leather. “I like it when it has a richness,” Lauren said of the skins.
“Simplicity comes from minimalism,” he said. “It’s low-key and quiet, but there’s a newness to it. It’s smooth and luxurious.”
The Black Label suit offering was “sleek, modern and very simple,” he said, and also centered around gray this season. But the gray was broken up by a palette of solid, dark-colored ties and slacks in shades ranging from green and purple to brown. In suits, peak and slim notch lapels were featured in single- and double-breasted styles, all with skinny pants.
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Black Label sportswear offered an array of urban, sophisticated pieces such as a quilted sport coat, suede bomber jackets and shearlings.
The vast Polo collection centered around soft-shoulder clothing in tweeds and corduroys, and a wide array of sportswear — everything from raglan sweaters to cargo pants. “It’s young, American roughwear,” Lauren said. Select pieces from the RLX performance line blended well into Polo, adding a jolt of bright colors and technical details that provided an overall feeling of modernity.