Mood board: It was a return to classic Ralph Lauren for autumn/winter 2016 with an array of taupe-toned cashmere and suiting, opulent jacquard jackets and trousers, fluid velvet tunics and luxurious white wing-collar shirts flooding the runway. A storied sense of romance rippled through the collection in the form of embroidered gold flourishes, sculptural white ruffles and a generous serving of bejewelling that imbued the classic silhouettes with an elegant drama.

Finishing touches: A timeless range of accessories, including stacked platform heel booties, Chelsea boots, calf high boots and oxfords, proved their worth as suitable complements for anything from tweed suits to voluminous, pleated gowns. Modern and slightly masculine, they were just the understated, sexy element that delivered the right finishing touch.  

Best in show: The reworking of menswear staples such as double breasted blazers done in taupe windowpane cashmere, sports jackets in herringbone and billowing trench coats that were adapted into dresses were a particular strong suit. Classic yet in possession of an androgynous modernity, they offered up the best of both worlds.