Panache de­fines Ralph Lauren’s Pur­ple La­bel Spring 2018 col­lec­tion

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WHEN WE CON­SIDER the in­ter­na­tional man of style and lux­ury – re­laxed and el­e­gant in the be-linened lime­light – we think of Ralph Lauren. And the de­signer’s lat­est Pur­ple La­bel Spring 2018 col­lec­tion, a eu­logy to luxe sports­wear and light­weight suit­ing, con­tin­ues in sim­i­larly up­scale vein.

“My Spring 2018 Pur­ple La­bel col­lec­tion is about a new soft­ness in tai­lor­ing cre­ated with light­weight, lux­u­ri­ous fab­rics and a unique va­ri­ety of sports­wear from ac­tive to rugged el­e­gance to glam­orous evening­wear,” says Ralph Lauren. “The Pur­ple La­bel sen­si­bil­ity speaks to that in­ter­na­tional gen­tle­man who seeks a qual­ity that is mod­ern yet time­less.”

The col­lec­tion’s fo­cal point is an el­e­vated ex­pres­sion of vin­tage rac­ing style, man­i­fest in a graphic pal­ette of black, cream, and red. Ref­er­ences to the Tour de France and bi­cy­cle rac­ing, in­clud­ing the play­ful slo­gan “Tour de Ralph”, are threaded through­out the col­lec­tion, while over­size crests on nov­elty knits and ath­letic tap­ing de­tails on trousers evoke Pur­ple La­bel’s sport­ing her­itage. Sweaters with metic­u­lously ren­dered graph­ics, in­clud­ing a winged “P” and a gym­nast on a pom­mel horse, re­cal­i­brate the iconic Sta­dium col­lec­tion from 1992.

For evening, clas­sic for­mal­wear is rein­vented with un­ex­pected fab­rics and new twists on time­less sar­to­rial pat­terns. Of par­tic­u­lar note is a cream din­ner jacket in tonal hound­stooth and an evening jacket in a Glen plaid print – both crafted from the finest neck­tie silk – as well as an im­pec­ca­ble dou­ble-breasted din­ner jacket made from linen rather than wool.

This is ex­pres­sive per­sonal style at its Lau­re­nesque best.

Looks from Ralph Lauren’s Pur­ple La­bel Spring 2018 col­lec­tion

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