this summer, it was all about the anniversaries of dior and valentino, with extravagant couture presentations and hip parties. not to be outdone, america’s own version of fashion royalty ralph lauren is celebrating his 4oth this season with a collection preseted at the conservatory of flowers in central park. the inspiration: audrey hepburn at the horse races in my fair lady. some of the pieces were definitely a bit too costumey for real life, but individually there were some lovely separates and some knock-out gowns.
the black and white section featured peplum jackets, long tiered fishtail skirts, polkadot strapless dresses, jodhpur pants, swing trenches, sleek leggings, and spaghetti strap satin day dresses. color was then injected into the collection in a bit way, with yellow, hot pink, violet, and gorgeous florals taking over. the floral chiffon gows, in halter, v-neck, and off the shoulder necklines, are perfect for a day at the races.
some of the looks were too much (like the horse print satin jackets, catsuits, colorblock jockey jackets, but the chiffon puff sleeve blouses, bright satin trench, draped taffeta gowns, were spot on. ralph really shined in the evening looks, like a beautifully tailored white tuxedo, and a nude floor length beaded gown with cap sleeves.
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