Natural beauty with an urban attitude. That was the mood of Ralph Lauren’s pre-fall collection, focused on soft neutrals — taupe, ivory, dusty pink — delivered with refined ease.

 

“It’s a good way to transition into the season,” Lauren said of his gentle palette. “In spring and summer, you wear a lot of color. I thought we’d like a smooth palette to change seasons, and go with a different statement for fall.”

 

Lauren opened his conversation with a group of mostly tone-on-tone taupes. That visual calm allowed for focus on the lineup’s tony materials – beautiful combinations of leather, suede, cashmere, silk cady — in silhouettes that radiated his refined ethos. To that end, he favored relaxed shapes in combinations that offered subtle surprises. A knitted dress with a ballerina bodice and finely pleated skirt was worn under a short, snappy puffer reimagined in buttery leather. He also made fine work of luxe ath-leisure, with a boldly out-of-context take on a jogging suit, in suede, worn with a finely beaded T-shirt, mannish topper and strappy heels. Other textural plays came in leathers bonded to suedes and the subtle gradation of a lovely dress in tiers of blush silk cady, georgette and charmeuse. Lauren balanced the pale power with a subtle equestrian influence rendered in black with luggage leather accents.

 

Increasingly, designers are bolstering their pre-season evening offerings. In a deft delivery of extremes, Lauren showed both a stark, sophisticated ivory column with long sleeves and a gentle, girlish slip of embroidered tulle. Both spoke beautifully to his range and his essence.

By  on December 3, 2015

Natural beauty with an urban attitude. That was the mood of Ralph Lauren’s pre-fall collection, focused on soft neutrals — taupe, ivory, dusty pink — delivered with refined ease.

 

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