Ralph Lauren races out of Man­hat­tan into fall fash­ion

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Amer­i­can fash­ion roy­alty Ralph Lauren raced into fall 2017 by invit­ing Diane Keaton, Jes­sica Chas­tain and Katie Holmes to his garage to watch a stun­ning run­way show in­spired by his pas­sion for rare au­to­mo­biles. The 77-year-old de­signer, who will next year cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of his iconic fash­ion house, trans­ported fel­low de­sign­ers, celebri­ties and edi­tors 40 miles (64 kilo­me­ters) north of Man­hat­tan to Bed­ford on the penul­ti­mate day of New York Fash­ion Week.

There in his pri­vate garage, mod­els sashayed down the run­way sweep­ing past four of his price­less au­to­mo­biles parked in the cen­ter watched by guests loung­ing on black leather ban­quettes be­fore a pri­vate din­ner. Sculpted patent leather and high-gloss silk were sig­na­ture ma­te­ri­als for the Ralph Lauren woman of fall 2017. Col­ors were black and silver, with pops of bright red, yel­low and elec­tric blue. Un­usu­ally giv­ing a slew of in­ter­views ahead of the show, it marks the third sea­son run­ning that Ralph Lauren has in­vested in the see-now, buy-now in­stant fash­ion that has scared off cer­tain other houses.

It was the first col­lec­tion since the ap­point­ment of Pa­trice Lou­vet as chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, re­plac­ing Ste­fan Lars­son who stepped down af­ter lit­tle over a year, fol­low­ing dis­agree­ments with Lauren on how to po­si­tion the cloth­ing line in the fast-chang­ing re­tail uni­verse. In July, the firm re­ported a net in­come of $59.5 mil­lion in earn­ings through July 1, up from a loss of $22.3 mil­lion in the year­ago pe­riod. The cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced plans in April to move into a more cost-ef­fec­tive e-com­merce plat­form, clos­ing its flag­ship Polo store on New York’s Fifth Av­enue and sav­ing $140 mil­lion in an­nual ex­penses.

Tues­day’s fast-paced show opened with the ex­hil­a­rat­ing roar of a sports car en­gine, star­ring su­per­mod­els of the moment Ken­dall Jen­ner in black and yel­low, and Bella Ha­did in a Fer­rari red tulle gown. Mim­ick­ing trends seen else­where on the cat­walk this sea­son-al­beit with most oth­ers un­veil­ing col­lec­tions for spring/sum­mer 2018 — there was del­i­cate grey check, hound­stooth and plaid for day wear.

Ralph Lauren waves be­side one car from his col­lec­tion in The Garage at the con­clu­sion of the Ralph Lauren fash­ion show dur­ing Fash­ion Week, Tues­day in Bed­ford, NY. — AP/AFP photos

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