Ralph Lau­ren’s Vic­to­rian rock ’n’ roll

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEW YORK FASHION WEEK - TINA CHADHA

The bold­est fash­ion state­ment on the Ralph Lau­ren run­way wasn’t the menswear- in­spired preppy looks in sooth­ing shades of latte (bil­low­ing wool pants, cash­mere cardi­gans and el­e­gant blaz­ers) that opened the show, nor was it the rock ’n’ roll Vic­to­rian se­cond half with gi­ant ruf­fled col­lars and strik­ing metal­lic jacquards, or even the state­ment- mak­ing evening wear (an ex­quis­ite black vel­vet jumpsuit with an open back that could stop traffi c, and we wouldn’t be sur­prised if the liq­uid la­tex- like gold gown that closed the show ends up on the Os­car red car­pet). But what gen­er­ated the most buzz was the clothes on the man him­self. Lau­ren took his bow in rugged jeans and a tweed blazer with wornout, ripped- up el­bow patches. So chic in its new in­car­na­tion that mend­ing would be a sin. Sign us up.

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