Ralph Lauren took a straightforward approach with navy and white in flowy skirts, bodysuits, jackets and, for a little twist on the classics, wide, pleated pants with ankle-cinching cuffs. The separates played to the sporty chic Lauren loves while a pair of engineered knit dresses, one blue, one red, drifted toward another Franco influence — Alaïa.
Lauren turned unexpectedly bold with a graphic, giant-scale sailboat print in flashy primary colors that looked especially interesting as a high-impact detail on one leg of a pair of fluid navy pants. It had an unexpected modern-art feel that continued with more abstraction in a white dress and pants, each with a large, single spill of red or blue.
Accessories ranged from captain’s hats to souvenir straw bags to the sort of cork platforms you see in resort towns. As for the clothes, they hewed to the RL standards: preppy yacht-clubbing essentials in a vivid all-American color palette, and cable sweaters draped over shoulders or wrapped around waists
A color-blocked sleeveless jumpsuit had the graphic punch of nautical flags. Clingy knit dresses that took cues from athletic swimsuits looked like they’d be fun to wear—in particular, the evening versions with their sexy, strappy backs. And who doesn’t love a striped knit? Speaking of stripes, the stars of the show were the evening dresses in cotton broadcloth shirting fabric: haute silhouettes in a humble fabric.
Photos: Gianni Pucci