Ralph Lauren FW23: On Timeless Elegance

Ralph Lauren‘s Fall/Winter 2023 collection exuded timeless charm, blending luxurious items in neutral shades and rich gem tones. Showcasing opulent textures ideal for winter, the lineup consisted of pieces in varying shades of grey and beige, accompanied by the sparkle of metallics.

The line was characterized by a host of sophisticated all-black items, including tailored suits, knits, and outerwear crafted from cashmere, wool, and leather.

These investment pieces mirrored Lauren’s distinctive American heritage aesthetics, offering figure-flattering and elongating silhouettes in monochromatic styles.

Following a series of runway shows at prestigious locations like MoMA in New York and the Huntington Library in Los Angeles, Lauren chose a simpler format for his new collection, opting for a lookbook reveal and showroom appointments. Tailoring was the central theme of the collection, with a noteworthy focus on chalk stripe suits – a design that no one owns more authentically than Lauren.

Lauren ventured into unconventional pairings, like teaming a traditionally tailored tweed jacket with fringed and distressed leather pants or adorning a single-breasted blazer and pleated trousers with a western belt featuring silver and turquoise details.

The collection also featured a puffer jacket in a sophisticated glen plaid and a black smoking jacket adorned with beading to recreate the look of his signature chalk stripes.

Lauren’s fondness for patina effects extended to his evening wear, giving a distinct surprise element. A crystal-embellished black velvet jacket and a strapless bodice of a purple flocked denim evening gown both featured subtle fading at the shoulders. The collection unified day and night elements, with flowing silk dresses in rich red and green hues, accentuated with substantial cowboy belts.

A stretch jersey dress with a waist twist detail offered a more relaxed vibe, while a one-shoulder dress in gunmetal micro-pleats and a platinum silk velvet gown with crinoline underlayers for a structured, couture-like shape stood out as showstoppers.

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