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Show of opulence

AP/AFP – In his first show since 2019, Ralph Lauren transformed a long room at the Museum of Modern Art into a cozy salon to debut a moneyed collection of mostly black and white for men and women.

His models meandered through guests seated on couches and black easy chairs wearing classic tailored white trousers and jackets, cocktail attire and slinky, sequined evening dresses. There were pops of black leather, pinstripes, and plaid in red and black, with a smattering of elevated riding gear and ski-inspired Nordic knits.

The show of opulence for his Women’s Collection, an upscale line, and his latest for the high-end Purple Label for men was conceived months before war broke out in Ukraine, Lauren acknowledged in his notes. At the time, he said, “The tragedy and devastation we are witnessing now was unthinkable.”

Gigi opened the show in black trousers and a black V-neck sweater emblazoned with the ‘RL’ logo over a white button up. Her sister walked in a form-hugging white evening gown with a cut out neck and back.

One of Lauren’s evening dresses, in black, was adorned with a New York City skyline in silver at the hem. Many of his models wore two-tone “spectator” shoes in contrasting black and white.

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