Ralph Lauren started his ready-to-wear spring collection off with a clean white jumpsuit, but he used small details in order to hint at what the audience should expect from the show. The 75-year-old designer donned the youthful looking model in a low, sailor-esque hat, with navy blue accessories that hinted at the idea of a nautical theme for the Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2016 line-up, but the audience couldn’t quite be sure yet. Even with his second look, Lauren appeared to be toying with his viewers by giving more hints, as with a “U.S.R.L. 1967” patch on the front of his second look: another white jumpsuit. But these subtle hints crumbled away once the next look hit the runway, and the audience was certain they were introduced to Lauren’s maritime vision.
Featuring youthful dresses in nautical classics of navy, white, and bright orange, Lauren showed his range as a designer, with a variety of dresses, pants, jackets, and gowns, all of which were impeccably made. It is hard to pinpoint the best pieces in the Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection, because they all work so well together, and there are so many different categories that he encompassed in the show. One of his first pieces, which is a real staple, is a lightweight, navy blue tailored jacket, with large gold buttons for embellishment to support the nautical theme.
Lauren doesn’t stop, however, with the traditional sailor inspiration. He gives his audience the whole maritime experience, drawing inspiration from all aspects of the world at sea. The first glimpse of this inspiration is his floor-length, white skirt that seemed to mimic rolling waves, paired with the classic sailor, striped navy and white top and tied sweater. The next striking textile was one that appeared to be water itself, rippling as it walked the catwalk, in the form of a capris-length jumpsuit.
The designer has a whimsical way of introducing new ideas to his show, without totally giving away the surprise for the audience. The first main showing of this idea was with his introduction to the vibrant geometric pattern. His look featuring a thin navy sweater over a white polo, with navy resort pants featured a yellow stripe down the side.This was the first sight of yellow in this collection, but it was subtle. This following look, which was just as simple, featured the model carrying a large bag with the vibrant pattern on it. It did wonders for accentuating the outfit, and playfully nudge the audience to the idea of introducing the bold, unexpected pattern to the collection, and the usage of the pattern ended with a full-length evening gown. He later used this same idea to introduce the bright red color.
There is something safe yet intricate about the amount of white pieces Lauren put in his line. A standout of the show, however, was his white, tea-length dress with lace-up top, featuring a tan belt for accentuation. His use of tan leather continues through the collection, in a variety of jackets, pants, and accessories.
Ralph Lauren’s spring 2016 collection featured a multitude of must-have garments, and really showed his expertise in dressmaking. It’s hard to pinpoint the best pieces of the night, but he definitely gave a spectacular nine-gown finale, with each dress being just as glamorous as the one before. With cotton fabrics, the traditionally glamorous eveningwear was given a humble twist, allowing for spectacular silhouettes to be achieved with a more everyday fabric. We couldn’t have asked for a better finale.
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