Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection: NY Fashion Week (with Video)
Today, Ralph Lauren proved exactly why he is in a class by himself. The Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection presented during NY Fashion Week, was timeless, glamorous and dramatic. "It was a masterpiece," André Leon Talley, Contributing Editor to Vogue, raved to Luxist after the show. "It was unmistakably Ralph Lauren. It was a simple masterpiece. He is unstoppable in his sense of taking his classics and giving them new twists and new drama."
Much of the collection was influenced by Chinese fashions, such as a black glossy silk illusion sweater dress, a jade silk panne velvet wrap dress and a red silk shantung embroidered smoking jacket that was shown under a black cashmere cocoon coat trimmed with long hair shearling.
The collection also included glossy smoking jackets, silk embroidered shearling coats, tuxedo jackets, velvet quilted jackets and pinstripe jackets paired with matching vests and trousers. A burgundy silk velvet wrap smoking jacket over a white cotton wing collar formal shirt with black sable tuxedo trousers was particularly striking. Several evening dresses were embroidered and beaded while many had an Art Deco feel.
Ralph Lauren's Asian inspiration was explained by his son David, who is the Senior Vice President, Advertising, Marketing and Corporate Communications for Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. "This past year he traveled to China," Lauren told Luxist. "It was his first trip there and he was inspired by what he saw. The future of our company is very much going to be expanding in China over the next couple of years. It has been in the air everywhere we turn. He is very inspired. For him it was a trip he took through a Ralph Lauren lens and what he saw, which is very different from what exists there, or it even never existed there. It is his interpretation of a China that could and should be."
Gallery: Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Collection
Talley especially liked the Asian-inspired fashions. "I thought that everything that was black in evening, every concept of smoky elegance, from tuxedo skirts to women in pantsuits with dressing gowns embroidered like Oriental screens, was just magnificent," he told Luxist. "I loved his shapes, I loved the sense of jewel colors. The ruby, smoking one button jacket with the fur and notched collar was fabulous. The jodphurs with stripes and even a long evening striped dress were just fabulous. The most amazing thing was the bugle beaded pajama pants suit."
"It was absolutely extraordinary," Talley added. "This collection reminds me of Shanghai Express, which is one of the most fabulous films ever with the greatest lighting and with the overtones of art deco elegance that is much needed in fashion. We need to have this kind of elegance. If Marlene Dietrich were alive, she would be shopping here."