Ralph Lauren Dreams in California
Ralph Lauren’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 Collection, from the runway just a few weeks ago, has inspired a lot of speculation, most of it negative. Rumors circulated in the media of an upcoming, unceremonious split between the designer, his son, and longtime creative director Jean Paul Gaultier. But I’m going to stand alone by declaring Lauren’s fall/winter’s new collection to be the strongest, freshest, sexiest offering the designer has made in years. From casual cool to couture-meets-performance, this is Ralph Lauren’s definitive collection for Fall/Winter 2011-12.
A few of the key elements of Lauren’s newest collection, are the key elements of any great fashion collection: color, texture, and shape. Like so many great design creations, Lauren’s new fall/winter collection had a few different facets of its style, but all of them combine to build a cohesive effect that’s more than just a bunch of colors. It’s a collection that’s bold, innovative, sexy, and even just a little sassy. To help you better understand my opinion of his Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection, I asked Lauren himself to walk me through the key elements of his newest collection. To his credit, Lauren wasn’t shy at all in answering. Let’s take a look:
“I wanted to create a look that was more casual, less formal, and a little more masculine for the young side of the audience. I think men really associate ‘casual’ with flannel, collared shirts, corduroys, and flappy pleats. And then we add the ‘elegant’ to the equation and you get a look that’s really not quite right, yet seems to be a way better fit.”
“I wanted to create a look that was more casual, less formal, and a little more masculine for the young side of the audience. I