Hello-Hello, we must say we are grateful for a Friday. The prospect of a slightly more sane weekend (there is no delusion so persuasive as self-delusion, is there?) holds substantial appeal.
New York Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, now everyone heads across the pond for London Fashion Week (Burberry anyone?), those shows are already underway.
Today we peruse the Ralph Lauren spring 2011 collection. Below, the first two looks down the runway.
We are feeling more-than-a-little out of step with most reviews of the collection.
A sampling of those reviews:
- WWD: “…Ralph Lauren showed one of his best women’s collections in memory.”
- Eric Wilson at the Times: “…the Western motif is really where Mr. Lauren shines. You know it’s going to be a pleasing Ralph Lauren collection when the designer himself is wearing leather pants the color of a fine chestnut filly.”
- Style.com “His latest take on cowgirl couture happens to be right in line with some of New York’s big trends.”
You can guess where this is headed.
The fringe and lace just aren’t working.
To avoid misunderstanding, in our utterly uneducated opinion we think the collection is brilliant, in both concept and execution. The issue isn’t Mr. Lauren’s design skills, it’s just that the theme for next spring’s RTW (ready to wear) isn’t one we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.
Western wear looks smashing on many women, and we sported styles with a wee bit of this influence during our seventeen years in Colorado. We still love our basic Frye boots. But faded fabrics, ruffles and fringe are not styles we generally embrace.
These will be stunning on many, hello, Miss Vogue on the Range…?
If anyone has interest in watching the entire show, it is available online at the Ralph Lauren Facebook page.
We have a brief update on the Brooks Brothers Home Collection; pieces from the new line could be spotted amid the spring 2011 apparel and accessories shown at Monday’s Fashion Week presentation (discussed at length in this post). Below, several pillows in seersucker can be seen in this image from the WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) story.
The company posted this photo on its Facebook page, the lampshades and pillow are done in Brooks Brothers repp tie stripes.
The WWD story notes the line will only be available online.
“Bedding will be available in three color combinations: blue and white, solid white and herringbone white with navy and burgundy trim. Towels are being offered in eight colors. The home line, which includes pillows and lamp shades in rep tie fabric, will launch next month.”
The Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog originally had the story on the new collection; this image accompanied that story.
Below, a grey flannel lamp shade is seen in this photo taken by Christian over at Ivy Style.
Much as we like the idea of a super-soft flannel pillow, we struggle envisioning a lampshade in this material, despite Christian’s photo. Some parts of the collection launch late this fall, with the entire group available in the spring.
A brief item of note:
The J. Crew online outlet opened this morning, the offerings do appear to be pieces made specifically for Crew’s Factory Outlet stores. The smattering of comments thus far on our Facebook page, where we posted similar information, indicates a lukewarm reception to the ‘outlet’.
Our final tidbit involves Don Draper Jon Hamm, the actor announced last night he is guest-hosting Saturday Night Live for a third time. Below we see Mr. Hamm in his “The Town” role, that film opens tonight.
May everyone have an outstanding weekend!
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty
- Robert Mitra & John Aquino/Women’s Wear Daily