Ralph Lauren’s collection this season looked like a parade of his greatest hits. In the menswear arena were a shirt and tie worn with pieces like a windowpane double-breasted jacket or a taupe trench and other pieces with that classic tony English countryside vibe that Ralph has made famous. The first 21 looks stuck to the theme, from plaid cape coats and a fully suede brown suit to a pair of slouchy trousers and a cardigan worn by Karlie Kloss, who opened the show. The best of the bunch was a brown tweed patchwork coat worn over a cashmere dress with a white shirt, tie, and mocha calf suede boots.
What followed next were some Victorian LBD’s, which looked best in black matte velvet with cut-out sleeves lined with pleated ruffles. It was dramatic and felt fresh for Ralph Lauren. Naturally, the American West motif made an appearance, in fringe pants and the occasional Navajo twist. And like many designers this season, Ralph took on the ’90s, with ruffled white blouses, chokers on black ribbon, and boot-cut jeans. That’s an iteration we haven’t quite seen yet, and while the silver-brushed denim was definitely a miss, pieces like the royal blue Prussian-printed coat stood out.
Ralph doesn’t go wrong with eveningwear, which is why so many of the red carpet looks on Hollywood’s best-dressed are Ralph Lauren (hello Gwyneth Paltrow). A ruby red velvet dress with an ultra deep-V and a gold liquid Mikado evening dress should make the best-dressed lists come Oscars season, if the right stars get their hands on them, like Sienna Miller, who was perched front row.