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New York Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren takes the masculine/feminine trend to the country

February 19, 2010 |  3:00 pm


There were no collection inspiration notes, not after last season's ode to the worker, which rubbed many critics the wrong way.

But for fall, Ralph Lauren was clearly working the season's popular masculine/feminine theme, with a dash of country chic. That meant romantic blouses in autumnal-looking floral prints or plaid flannels mixed with man-tailored vests, cutaway jackets and some great-looking "spat pants," a form-fitting style tapered to the ankle and finished with a row of buttons, to sit just over the shoes.

Lauren softened the look of cropped herringbone "boy pants" by pairing them with a velvet blouse and a black beaded crochet capelet, and balanced a gorgeous moss green lace knit ruffle skirt with a tailored blazer, creating the same kind of yin-yang look we saw from Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang this week, among others.

He ticked off the utility trend too with slim brown wool cargo pants worn with a brown cashmere sweater and cropped shearling vest.

For evening, rose gold floral tiered silk georgette dresses lacked Lauren's usual va-va-voom glamour. But this is a season about understatement after all, and for understated party dressing, you can't do much better than Lauren's black Deco beaded and fringed dress worn over a black cashmere turtleneck.

-- Booth Moore in New York


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Photos: Portions of Ralph Lauren's fall/winter 2010 collection. Credit: Peter Stigter & Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times