The TOP TEN looks from the RALPH LAUREN SPRING/SUMMER 2016 collection are everything we’d expect from Ralph. Preppy, clean, and classic. Tailored button-up mens-styled shirts were the basis of multiple looks. Black, white, blue and carmel were the palette, with accents of vivid summer brights.
A tailored white shirt was the basis of a breezy outfit, topped with a black sweater (sleeves pushed up) and a fabulous pair of black wide-legged pants with a shock of brilliant color running down the side of one leg. Simple yet stunning. Cropped wide-legged white pants peeked out from underneath a dazzlingly-colored stained-glass patterned trench (background outfits showed the same print used in other pieces). It was a serious blast of color in an otherwise conservative scheme. The white tailored shirt look was the basis of a utilitarian but oh-so-chic jumpsuit with cropped pants gathered into a cuff. Ladies, if you don’t already have jumpsuits in your wardrobe now, you’ll be sure and want to invest in some for Spring.
A carmel-colored soft leather double-breasted pantsuit had the audience swooning at its luxury, again shown with a tailored collar (black) flipped up underneath. Pure sophistication that can’t help but say e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. The tailored shirt, this time in a chambray blue was the basis for an ensemble that showed the carmel-colored leather in a pair of pleated shorts, topped with a black leather peacoat. Fabulous city-dressing for daytime that flatters looong legs. A long, strapless black camisole-type top was paired with a floor length white sheath skirt, flaring at the bottom and embellished down the back with wide, vertical ruffles. Casually dressy or dressy casual, this ensemble speaks volumes. An ankle-length white sleeveless
dress with complex patterning was accented with an asymmetrical red panel starting narrowly under one arm and caressing the body as it got wider, culminating as a wide inset at the hem. Bright, interesting and unexpected, it should fly off the racks. A thigh-high slit gown in narrow blue and white stripes played with the stripes in a strapless bodice asymmetrically gathered onto one side of the hip, while releasing a full, ballgown skirt of the same fabric, slit up one side to give it an airiness that it would not have had otherwise. Dreamy, soft, feminine and entirely wearable, the gown is a showstopper. Another blue and white stripe (wider this time) was worked into a voluminous halter-topped, chevron-striped floor length gown. Nautical, au currant and easy to wear. The blue and white stripe appeared again as a t-shirt under a slim, cropped navy jacket, worn with another showstopping pair of full, pleated white pants gathered into wide, buttoned cuffs at the ankle. This is our favorite look of all, and the design of the pants is masterful.
While this may not have been Lauren’s most over-the-top collection, it is indeed purely Ralph - and the Lauren customer will have plenty to choose from.
The fabulous JULIANNE MOORE was in attendance wearing Lauren’s ivory wool crepe dress with leather detailing, and JESSICA CHASTAIN wore a custom Lauren one-shouldered jumpsuit in silk cady. Also in attendance were ALEC BALDWIN and his wife HILARIA. she was wearing a belted, short DOUBLE RL dress with Laren’s RICKY handbag. KEVIN LOVE also attended wearing a slim-cut RALPH LAUREN PURPLE COLLECTION suit in blue, with narrow, cropped pants showing Love’s bare ankles.