Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ralph Lauren NYFW fall 2017.. show now / shop now



In keeping with show now shop now, we get Ralph Lite! There was an amazing difference and possibly disconnect in presentation as well as mood. I guess the best way to express it is to say what was shown lacked the usual polish that he has perfected all these years. I got this overwhelming earth mother vibe, this haute hippie thing as well as this very suburban wannabe wasp…  gone was the perfect golden girl, the aspirational Grace Kelly type of woman we have gotten so accustomed to seeing on his catwalks
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I ask myself is it possible that these pieces were production and not sample room made?  The finish looked off. Yes, there were a few pieces which were quite beautiful, yes all the Ralph DNA was front and center but again, something was not quite right. Yes, the models were perfectly made up but even their overall appearance seemed to be not the usual fare. Yes, shocked to see platform shoes but loved the oversized animal print totes and bags. Yes, I got the Out of Africa vibe even if it is some 30 years later. Yes, pretty much timeless but at lack of a better adjective… it just wasn’t as pretty as it always has been.
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So one has to question the value of this show now shop now idea... me... I’m not getting it!