Ralph Lauren fashion show in New York

Embracing his wife Ricky, and greeting a few front-row movie stars, Monday morning’s guests included Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank. Lauren was dressed in a classic double-breasted blazer, denim jeans and Western boots that looked incongruous after the show, given it was inspired by his vacation home in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It did open sprightly with some charming frocks done in worn boardwalk or seashell prints and featured a couple of great denim looks, in particular an acid-dyed denim cocktail trimmed with blue feathers worn by supermodel Bella Hadid.

The music at the finale was by Jamaica’s greatest musician Bob Marley

However, far too often this was a naïve revamping of lots of his classic Hamptons vacation fare overlaid with Caribbean imagery. Endless kipper ties with classic yacht prints and knitted sweaters with ocean liners.
The music at the finale was by Jamaica’s greatest musician, Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’, and the set was a version of his Caribbean home with venetians blinds and lounge chairs. Almost an expression of the designer’s longing for a moment of tranquility as the fashion empire he founded gets buffeted so brutally.

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