NYFW A/W 12-13: Ralph Lauren
British heritage was the inspiration for American fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection, as models took to the runway in various tweeds and plaids to the theme tune of award-winning UK drama series Downton Abbey.
Presenting a continuation of Lauren's Great Gatsby-era Spring/Summer 2012 collection, the A/W 12 collection stayed rooted in the 1930s, riffing on English country house heritage, with fair-isle knits, traditional tweeds and tartan tailoring. Mannish three-piece suits in traditional fabrics were accessorised with game feathers, thirties cloche hats and silk pocket squares for an androgynous, English country gentleman direction.
In tune with Donna Karan’s line shown earlier in the week – which was inspired by the queen of 1930s androgyny, iconic actress Marlene Dietrich – pinstripes and heavily pleated trousers forged a new direction for womenswear tailoring.
New York Fashion Week concluded yesterday, while London Fashion Week commenced today.