Ralph Lauren celebrated the growing expanse of his universe Thursday with an impressive presentation of his men’s and women’s Polo line in his Madison Avenue offices.
62 models were featured, organized into separate vignettes that showcased the vast breadth of the collection.
“The key to this is the mix and diversification,” the designer said, pointing to a bright red parka on top of a tuxedo jacket and jeans. “It’s rugged and formalwear,” he said.
The preppy heritage of the Polo line continued to shine in a double-breasted camel hair coat over red corduroy pants and a teal cashmere cable knit. The designer also took the opportunity to reintroduce the Polo Sport line, interpreted this time in a colorful assortment with performance attributes.
Although Polo was in the spotlight, the designer also offered up the latest in his upscale Purple Label collection. “This is the big thrust of our company,” Lauren said. He started with “a statement about formalwear,” showing a jacquard, shawl-lapel tuxedo, a double-breasted velvet smoking jacket in eggplant, and a sleek bodysuit. The jumpsuit was inspired by Winston Churchill, he said.
There was also a black and camel equestrian grouping, which included cashmere drawstring sweatpants and a double-face soft leather jacket. “This is our ultimate quality,” Lauren said. “It’s mixed in a very sophisticated way. This is how the modern man likes to dress.”