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Ralph Lauren: A romantic revolutionary

Ralph Lauren showed about 15 evening looks during

Ralph Lauren showed about 15 evening looks during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013 collections in Manhattan. Here, a shearling capelet over a champagne tulle beaded confection. (Feb. 14, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Ralph Lauren had timeless heroines who were independent and bold on his mind at his Friday morning downtown show on the last day of New York Fashion week.

His runway unfolded like a movie about some rebellious beauty during the Russian Revolution trapped at a seaside village where she dressed in black nautical garb – shapely coats, a crested officer’s jacket, sailor pants, breeches, fisherman’s sweaters, leather admiral caps and high boots --looking to escape (although we’d want to stay if we could wear these clothes) into a new life of glamour.

And glamorous it was, as she makes the break, ending up ensconced in the land of evening looks. Lauren showed some 15 of these stunners, many in black. One, a pleated leather/silk evening dress worn with a fur Russian hat, oozed power and femininity all at once. A glorious velvet column of midnight blue boasted a massive, built-in jeweled collar. A fluttery dark forest green gown was topped by a matching green shearling and feather bolero…oh the drama. Last look at our heroine, she has wearing a dreamy shearling capelet over a champagne tulle beaded confection…happily ever after, we assume.

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