Lauren’s career spans decades, and he’s put his stamp on so much. He drove the point home today by arranging his male and female models in a circle around the perimeter of a showroom in his Madison Avenue headquarters. To the right, as you walked in: the classic Polo vibe of tailored tweed and suede separates paired with bright pops of color. To the left: cozy, generously proportioned hand-knits and fringed leggings to wear on a long Adirondacks weekend. In the middle, posed next to the Land Rover Defender (not the only four-wheeler parked in Lauren’s offices, we were told): technical puffer jackets paired with platform hiking boots.
And in the distance, a large section devoted to tuxedo dressing in its many guises that included the now de rigueur evening sweats. Those sweats were a reminder that Lauren was mixing fashion metaphors—boy-for-girl tailoring, sweaters with ball skirts, equestrian eveningwear, etc., etc.—long before “hybrids” became an industry buzzword. Was he reinventing the wheel this time out? Not necessarily, but Lauren remains the American original.
Photos: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren