“I wonder where Ralph will take us this season,” queried one fashion friend pre-Ralph Lauren show. After all, over the past few seasons Lauren has journeyed to China, Spain and Russia for inspiration. At his Thursday morning show on the last day of New York Fashion Week, Lauren took a quick hop across the pond: London, England, circa 1960 and oh what a trip.
Up first: Models in goggle sunglasses, minidresses and skirts -- black and white, some in leather, lots in crisp cotton, all clean lines with a peplum thrown in here and there. One look included a Greek key leather trench coat, a cotton shirt and how fun …an itsy black patent leather miniskirt. Suitings done up in that swanky, perfect-fitting Ralph Lauren silo boast Op-Art patterns -- big graphic Tattersall, plaids and a Pop Art floral burst on fab raincoats and women’s ties. What a gas!
Not a fan of the black and white? There were Mod-to-the max little neon shifts -- some ribbed, some leather in explosive blasts of lemon, lime, orange and cobalt.
For evening, an acid green silk gown featured big ruffles running its length; another in orange had an asymmetrical ruffle at the shoulder. Tiny embroidered flowers coated one gown and dotted a miniskirt. Here again, were trouser suits in off-white -- one a sateen, three-piece job. And lest we forget, one minimalistic jacket and pant ensemble featured a Nehru collar -- no love beads though -- just a sparkling little clutch bag.
At the end -- two evening gowns in vibrant scarlet. The first featured an open V-neck that went to the waist. The other had like cape-like wings for flying high.