Ralph Lauren A/W 2016

Reworked menswear staples in an array of taupe-toned cashmere and checked suiting offered up a classic yet androgynous modernity

Five models wearing long coats, white shirts, and trousers in browns and greens.
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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.

Three models wearing evening gowns

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Model wearing a fur collared Jacket

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Three models wearing white, trousers and long coats

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Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.