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Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 Runway Review

This is the type of show that fashion week dreams are made of. It was clear and cohesive without being tacky and referential. From the moment the first look came out featuring a pastel yellow printed knee-length skirt with a pale blue cardigan and seafoam shell, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a traditionally preppy show. What followed was a parade of beautiful silks and delicate crepe de chine in an array of whitewashed pastels and a great many cloche hats. Crisp white and pale pink dresses and suits flanked ostrich feather ornamented frocks all suitable for chic spring dressing.

The timing is right as buzz is just starting to pick up about the forthcoming Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but what some fail to remember is that Lauren designed the costumes for the favored 1974 adaptation starring Robert Redford. Dresses has dropped waists and vintage-inspired necklines, so the nod was certainly there, but the whole collection was incredibly modern. In its essence, Ralph Lauren’s brand is pure Americana and that was certainly not forgotten. Lauren's brand is one of the most recognizable worldwide and his influences range from cowboys to traders but they are always American so flappers are not completely unexpected. As a collection, it glimmered like the chicest garden party never had and it's definitely one of the shining stars of this past week.