New York Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren's Far East fantasy
Not to be too cynical, but you have to wonder if the luxury houses that have recently shown Asian-inspired collections (Louis Vuitton) aren't really just trying to grab the attention of the new luxury market in that part of the world?
That's what came to mind with Ralph Lauren's latest, which was closer to the old Hollywood version of Asia ("The Lady from Shanghai") than anything new and relevant.
On the runway, there was everything you'd expect to see in a Far East fantasy -- silk pajama pants, embroidered velvet robes, jet beaded flapper dresses, Art Deco jade jewelry and red lacquer high heels.
Instead of surprises, what we got were cliches. Still, the well-heeled customers sitting front row seemed happy, circling and checking off looks on the show notes. And in the end, that's what counts.
-- Booth Moore in New York
Photos: Looks from the Ralph Lauren fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times