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Ralph Lauren goes east

Fashion from the Ralph Lauren fall 2011 collection

Fashion from the Ralph Lauren fall 2011 collection is modeled on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

It was only last season that Ralph Lauren regaled us with his vision of high-class duds from America’s Western frontier. His clothes for fall have gone the other way, literally, with a distinctive eastern flair.

The lineup was mostly black, restrained, with startles here and there: a classic Ralph suit topped by a Chinese red shantung coat, a pop of amethyst, emerald, all with seriously slim, controlled silhouettes save for a looser bottom – silky pajama trousers, or slightly cropped “martial arts” pants, and sumptuous shearling wraps tossed nonchalantly about the shoulders.

Suitings ruled – classic Ralph man-tailoring – starched white shirts, pinstripes, and tuxedos. For evening, slim, long gowns – an unembellished, one-shouldered velvet job, some deco beading -- and for cocktail, a kimono style in fluid silk.

The finale dress was deco to the max with the model wearing a bugle-beaded silver hood that matched the collar of her slither gown. And wow, the jewels – precious dangles, diamond timepieces…all the more to covet.
 

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