It was an all-star hit parade at Ralph Lauren, where the designer’s signature was clear as a bell -- bohemian romance, nattiness, polished glamour -- and the clothes were stunning.
Flapper-capped models sauntered in tweedy jackets and coats topping ethereal floral dresses and skirts, many long, with wispy cashmere or lace turtlenecks underneath. A series of velvet jackets and dresses in amethyst, Bordeaux and slate, some with leg-o-mutton sleeves conjured Stevie Nicks and Edwardian women.
There were sublime, big hand-knit sweaters over jodhpurs, expertly turned out glossy shearlings and supple suedes. For dress-up: gowns in black with sparkling embroidery -- slim and trapeze -- and a series of silk georgette jobs in vintage floral patterns, one balanced by a shapely, cropped moss jacket. All so very ready for retail.