>> From recent releases to much-loved classics, these coffee table tomes promise to make the perfect addition to any fashion fiend's collection. Featuring drop-dead images from legendary photographers like Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon; insider info from industry icons Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld, and Valerie Steele; and sublime collections from Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, and more — these 15 books are some of the chicest to give this holiday season. After all, there's nothing like being well-dressed and well-read.
>> Lauren Bush and David Lauren were married over Labor Day after at his family's 17,000-acre Double RL ranch in Ridgway, Colorado, before some 200 guests. Now, a few pictures — including engagement shots —have been released in the upcoming December 2011 issue of Vogue.
The general look of the wedding — which included a rodeo the day after the ceremony — was “rustic elegance,” Bush Lauren explained. “A beautiful movie,” David adds, “like you were riding across the Old West and you stopped in at a wedding.”
Bush Lauren wore Ralph Lauren on her wedding day, of course. She and the designer had a few casual conversations about the sort of dress she'd like at family meals and holiday weekends, and then in late June they met at the Ralph Lauren studio for an official design meeting. “I walked in, and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them,” she recalls. “It was like a dream come true. We sat together and arrived at this silhouette. It isn’t Victorian exactly. I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders with the large open back.”
The long-sleeved gown was the product of 100 craftspeople spending more than 3,000 hours hand-embroidering featherweight, antique ivory tulle with flower motifs and scroll designs using ivory silk and metallic thread, Swarovski Elements crystals, and off-white pearl beads. The bride and her five bridesmaids — who were dressed in white linen blouses, vests, and vintage prairie skirts — all wore cowboy boots. Bush Lauren's something new? The dress and boots. Her something old? Her headpiece. Her something borrowed? Victorian earrings from a friend. And her something blue? “I wore blue socks,” she laughed.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren were among the famous guests who turned out last night for "An Evening With Ralph Lauren," which was hosted by Oprah Winfrey at NYC's Lincoln Center. Other ladies who love Ralph's designs, like Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, and Kerry Washington, hit the blue carpet solo. Jerry Seinfeld and his wife Jessica posed as a pair. Ralph had the support of his family at the event, which was a benefit for the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention and Lincoln Center, including sons Andrew and David, daughter Dylan, and wife Ricky. David, who married Lauren Bush just over a month ago, proudly sported his new ring as he and his wife mingled and said hi to Naomi.
Ralph and Oprah sat on stage to talk about the designer's lengthy career, and what continues to inspire him. Naomi Watts shared her thoughts on Ralph's body of work as well. She said, "He's been famous for so long. I grew up following him. Ralph Lauren is a great American icon, and he's here along with another great American icon. It's my pleasure to be here."
>> After chatting with Ralph Lauren during the last season of her talk show earlier this year — "It took me 25 years to score an interview with [him]," Oprah Winfrey said of the designer — the two reunited for a sequel interview last night. The black-tie event, which raised more than $7 million for the Ralph Lauren Center For Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem and Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts, brought a crowd ranging from Anna Wintour to Naomi Watts to the entire Lauren clan.
Pre-interview, Lauren admitted: "I don't know what she's going to ask, but if I can't answer, I'm going to run." Prabal Gurung, in attendance, hoped that she would ask Lauren about his secrets to success: “I just want a few formulas that I can take back to the office.”
Without further ado, Winfrey introduced Lauren, saying “He designed the fabric of America as we really all know it today, but we’re here tonight because Ralph Lauren is more than just a tastemaker — he’s a lifesaver," before asking him about how he's maintained and reinvented his brand over so many years: "You copy — that's why I am still here, Oprah," he quipped, drawing laughter. More seriously, he added: “I never went to fashion school, I never had the training. It came from inside. I know what it’s like to yearn for something and not have the money to buy it." He also admitted: "After doing this all this time, my hands still get sweaty before a show."
>> New York Fashion Week has come to a close this season, but not without a little kick at the end. See Hanne Gaby Odiele flexing her muscles backstage at Calvin Klein while Julia Nobis makes faces with Suvi Koponen; and giggles go down amongst the '20s glamour at Ralph Lauren. More backstage snaps from those shows — and L'Wren Scott, too — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
Ralph Lauren's Spring 2012 collection was devoted to the 1920s a la The Great Gatsby. There was that louche sportiness via a double-breasted suit and drop-waist dresses, lots of beading and feathers, and the slim, sexy silhouettes favored by the Daisy Buchanans of the world. The full review is to come, but go through the slideshow to see all the looks right now, including the incredible eveningwear.
- Trends: '20s glamour, The Great Gatsby, sporty, florals, silk pants, suiting.
- Colors: pastels like seafoam green, pale pink, soft yellow; white.
- Key Piece: the eveningwear stood out as did the feather boleros and boas.
- Accessories: dangly pendant earrings, dapper hats, feather boas.
- Who Would Wear It: classic beauties who love vintage glamour, like Nicole Richie or Charlize Theron.
Make sure to check out all of our New York Fashion Week coverage!
For Spring 2012, Ralph Lauren adopted a pastel palette and '20s-tinged silhouettes. Beaded flapper-like dresses, fur trim and pearls, and satin suiting provided Great Gatsby-esque evening wear, while crepe de chine trousers and floral skirts were garden-party ready for day. To see the entire runway, watch our coverage now!
>> This season, Ralph Lauren returned to classic Americana, trotting out a solid collection of '20s-tinged separates and eveningwear. In short, it was what a modern-day Daisy Buchanon would wear to a garden party. She'd have plenty of options to choose from — flowy crepe de chine trousers in peach and baby blue, chiffon skirts in sherbet-florals, and cashmere sweaters in daffodil and apple green.
For evening, there were high-shine gowns in panne velvet, slip-dresses with deco beading, and ostrich feather shrugs. Also, three-piece suits in ivory silk, complete with pink-satin ties. If all this sounds familiar, it should. After all, it was Ralph Lauren who designed the costumes for the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, and many of those knockout silhouettes were reprised here.
Say goodbye to your tennis whites! The US Open commenced this week, and one look at the players' attire is a quick reminder that this tournament is anything but Wimbledon. Replacing the traditional whites are an array of colors that allow the contestants to express themselves before they ever get into their first volley.
For the seventh year in a row, Ralph Lauren is serving up one cool collection of US Open clothes. As the official apparel sponsor of the grand slam tournament, the preppy clothier is outfitting the tournament's ball boys and girls in navy and orange, and now lil ones everywhere can get in on the look. If your tot has spent her Summer perfecting her serve and learning how to play close to the net, the official ball girl jacket and ball boy polo are just for them. Ranging from $25 for a hat to $95 for the jacket, the pieces may just be the hottest things on the court!
>> Over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, David Lauren and Lauren Bush — who recently celebrated their engagement party in the Hamptons — will marry at his father Ralph Lauren's 17,000-acre Colorado ranch. The bride is expected to wear a Ralph Lauren wedding dress (David's sister Dylan Lauren wore a bridal gown designed by their father for her own wedding in June).
200 guests are expected for the festivities, which will include a picnic and softball game on Saturday, a rehearsal dinner Saturday night in Telluride, and the wedding ceremony Sunday, followed by a rodeo on Monday. A source told the New York Post, “The dress code for the wedding is black tie with a Western twist, which fits in with the romantic surroundings and both families’ American roots.”
Bush's grandparents, George H.W. and former First Lady Barbara Bush — currently at Walker’s Point in Maine — will not attend, a rep confirmed, while a spokesman for her uncle, George W. Bush, would not comment on if he and wife Laura will attend.
Bush is expected to take her soon-to-be husband's name; she recently told Harper's Bazaar: “I think it will be Lauren Bush-Lauren. I am sort of old-fashioned in that way"