“Simplicity,” “minimal” and “workmanship” were words Ralph Lauren used during a preview of his resort collection. The result was a study in elegant modernity, Ralph style. If simple in concept, the detail in these clothes added depth, especially when it came to the designer’s elevated fabric play. “It’s got to live up to this place,” Lauren said, sitting in the luxe environs of his women’s Madison Avenue flagship where the runway show was held.

A navy silk sweater with a white ruffle organza collar was shown over a white pencil skirt with navy leather polka dots seamed into the wool crepe fabric. An off-white leather coat, meanwhile, was bonded with stripes of navy organza. Worn over a navy silk top and white silk pants, the vibe was causal yet refined. At times the collection’s pretty graphics veered “Deauville,” though without the sartorial clichés of the French resort — a cape striped with navy and white ostrich feathers drove home that point.

As for the accessories, there was gold, and lots of it, from the handbags and carryons to bold platform sandals, all punctuating Lauren’s brand of resort chic.

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