Saturday 25 October 2014

Preppy and nautical influences fuse at Ralph Lauren's Resort 2015 collection

Freya Drohan

Published 05/06/2014 | 20:03

If the all-American prepster fell for a chic man from the French riviera, their love child would look a little like the Ralph Lauren Resort 2015 collection.

Speaking backstage, the man behind the empire said that “simplicity” and “minimalism” were integral aspects in this capsule collection of 37 looks.

While millions of euro are pumped into the twice annual fashion shows in the major capitals, it appears that the intermittent Resort collection (also known as Cruise or Pre-Fall) are actually the money ticket for major fashion labels.

The purpose of these ‘bridging collections’ that land on boutique floors around November is to keep customers engaged between the winter and summer offerings, a.k.a, keep them spending.

While Ralph’s spring summer collection was dominated by a mod, monochrome aesthetic and the autumn winter show featured mainly winter whites, greys, and pinks, last night’s garments were executed mainly in a palette of crisp navy and white.

The beauty of Ralph Lauren’s designs is that they are timeless; many of the looks he sends down the runway are as relevant to bygone decades as they will be in future years to come: in plain, they are always simple, beautiful and wearable outfits.

Resort 2015 brought French classics to the fore, but re envisioned them for an international audience.

Structured blazers, Breton striped tops, wide-legged white trousers and slouchy berets all made an appearance on models who looked as if they had just stepped out from the designer’s Lifestyle catalog.

We also saw starch white collars over neat, 50s like dresses, pencil skirts, tunics over trousers, and flowing polka dot dresses.

To ensure there was something for the new era of Ralph Lauren customers, the collection was puckered with unexpected additions- like biker jackets and pencil skirts in gold lamé and an over sized feather jacket.

Similarly, a signature Ralph ensemble of a pencil skirt and cashmere jumper was elevated by the addition of a ruffled organza collar, which would not look out of place in a Lanvin or Viktor & Rolf collection.

In short, this collection marries the insouciant chicness of the south of France with the gloss and polish of American girls about town.

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