At Ralph Lauren, the clothing is always classic, and so was the fresh-faced beauty look at his Spring 2014 show. The makeup focused on clean skin with a soft white shadow on the eyes and a healthy flush on the cheeks. But the thing that stood out the most was the flowing, pin-straight hair. It was a nice departure from the typically mussed-up waves we're used to seeing on the Spring runway.
Ralph Lauren was in an upbeat mood for Spring 2014, kicking off the show with a tomboy twist on mod in strictly black and white. Windowpane plaids, stripes, and florals all turned up in clean shapes with a focus on minis and sharp blazers. The next section of the show was as far from black and white as possible with deeply saturated, almost-neon primary colors. Evening was a continuation of the theme with emerald, vermillion, and cobalt all turning up in sweeping ballgown shapes, while a white leather moto jacket over a ruffled skirt looked particularly appealing. With a standing ovation from his family in the front row, the designer took to the runway to rousing applause from the packed crowd, including Jessica Alba.
Of course your little girl is always runway ready. But she can be really runway ready by taking some cues from this season's collections. One of our favorites is the Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 show, which was — as to be expected — full of spunk and style. We love this look in particular because it's bright and fun while still school appropriate. Plus, it totally nails the essential Fall layering technique. Get inspired by the clothes and then shop the similar pieces below.
- Heart bracelet ($26): Every little lady needs some arm candy, and this heart bracelet is a sweet newcomer to the party.
- Navy beret ($64): Similar to the beret on the runway, this navy version comes with a standout detail in the front in the form of a rose corsage.
There are few designers who represent American fashion like Ralph Lauren. Started in 1966 when Ralph Lauren set out to design men's ties, the brand has exploded to become an entire lifestyle brand. While there's no doubt that menswear still informs many of Ralph Lauren's designs, he lets everything from Edwardrian England to Gatsby glamour to Spanish matadors inspire his runway collections.
But if there's one thing we can count on Ralph Lauren for, it's drama. The shows may start off with expertly tailored suits or flirty and flared dresses, but you can always expect the finale to be packed with feathers, fur, and a show-stopping lineup of eveningwear. It's time to forget the polo shirts (for now), and be transported to another place and time — courtesy of Ralph Lauren.
Even though we've seen what new mom Kate Middleton wears running errands at her local grocery store (and have a whole dream wardrobe picked out for her), we had to wait until today to see what she'd wear for her first official engagement since giving birth to Prince George. To kick off a marathon in Wales, she picked skinny black pants, a printed top, and Ralph Lauren Blue Label blazer. Her footwear looked comfy (and smart for the outdoor terrain): in lieu of heels, she picked black wedge espadrilles.
Channel the runways of Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren in preppy pieces for a look that ranks high on the Upper East Side. The essentials? Think crisp collared blouses, textural tweed trousers, and classic camel hues. Pair Suno's smart plaid trousers with a Peter Pan blouse and Tory Burch's iconic ballet flats for a chic work look, or make a statement in Missoni's gorgeous houndstooth coat. Smooth out every wrinkle and straighten your collar with all of our picks.
The piece: Lauren Fringed Suede Hobo
The price: $448
Why we want it: We're suckers for laid-back, fringed pieces — they smack of vacations, late sunsets, and everything else that's splendid in life. And even though snapping one up at the tail end of Summer might feel counterintuitive, we urge you to stop and reconsider. The deep brown and short strap of this pick mean it'll work with sweaters and blazers. Buy it now and keep wearing it until the snow starts falling (but even then, we aren't promising anything).
Ralph Lauren's about as American as apple pie, so asking the label to design the official US Open apparel is a natural. Later this month, not only can we look forward to intense court action from the players, but dapperly dressed chair umpires, line judges, and ball persons will be scoring points as well. Fans of the jackets, polos, and dresses can score these styles at the official onsite shop, as well as select Ralph Lauren stores and online.
This, of course, is not the first time Mr. Lauren's gotten sporty. Read on to see his other feats of athleticism, and see which of his fellow designers have gotten in on the action.
Jessica Alba and her daughters showed off their front-row style at the Ralph Lauren Girls Fall 2013 show. Jessica went spotted in pretty polka dots while her two daughters — Honor and Haven — went for matching navy sundresses perched front row next to their stylish mom. Watch to find out even more.
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