Ralph Lauren revisited the Gatsby era in his spring collection, which was delicate, romantic and 1920s-themed, right down to the cloche hats.
(Lauren garnered a lot of attention for supplying some of the costumes for 1974 film "The Great Gatsby," though Theoni Aldredge was the film's costume designer.)
And as a poster child for the American dream, it's understandable that Lauren would want to take us back to those halcyon days. (The irony being that for most of those who can afford Lauren's high-end runway collection, those halcyon days never left.)
Still, chiffon skirts in watercolor florals paired with pearlized pastel-colored sweaters, and crisp white pinstriped blazers and shorts are the kind of thing we've seen from Lauren a hundred times, at all different price points. Evening wear was slightly more transporting, with white, flapper-inspired beaded gowns galore, one worn with a decadent ostrich-feather-trimmed headscarf that Daisy Buchanan would have loved.
With Baz Luhrmann's remake of Gatsby, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Carey Mulligan, slated for a 2012 release, Gatsby fashion fever is only going to grow. Lauren didn't get the nod to do costumes this time around, however. That honor is going to Luhrmann's wife and collaborator, Catherine Martin.
-- Booth Moore
Photos: Looks from the Ralph Lauren spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credits: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images; Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images