The Scene: They say only the strong survive in fashion and that must be true given the turnout, amidst piles and piles of snow, at Ralph Lauren's show. In addition to top editors and buyers, Kim Basinger made her NYFW debut.
The Inspiration: Cowboy, Aztec and Old Hollywood glamour.
The Look: Lucky for the guests that trekked through the snow to make it to the show, Fall 2014 included two collections — Ralph Lauren and the designer's Polo line, which kicked off the show. Colorful sweaters, puffer jackets and cardigans and lightly flared leather miniskirts opened the show before progressing into the designer's signature rugged cowboy-inspired cuts and fabrics. This season included thick brown outerwear, olive colored separates and dresses, motorcycle jackets, loosely draped trouser, and a variety of tartans, dusty florals and tweeds. Aztec-patterned pieces were also featured as was cashmere outerwear, shearling capes, tailored blazers and monochrome trench coats. Eveningwear was kept clean-lined, monochrome and very minimal as far as embellishments.
The Accessories: Clogs, hiking boots, Mary Janes, over-the-knee boots, fringe bags, structured monochrome handbags and backpacks.
The Beauty: For the polo line, hair was a touch messy with a center part in keeping with the younger demographic. For the more luxe Ralph Lauren looks, hair was pulled back into a neat ponytail. Makeup-wise, all the models had a natural look with luminous skin.
The Takeaway: Any designer that can show casually cool colorful separates and ultra glamorous languid gowns and have his collection be cohesive undoubtedly deserves his place as an industry leader.