Ralph Lauren S/S 2016
Mood board: It was a jaunt to the French Riviera that set the tone at Ralph Lauren this season. Drenched in a palette of red, white, caramel and blue, Lauren put forward his spin on Gallic chic with swarthy palazzo pants, athletic striped bodysuits, and a graphic sailboat motif that decorated tote bags and dresses, along with plenty of stripes.
Best in show: Ralph Lauren classics were viewed through a fresh lens this season. Gowns were realised in broadcloth shirting, champs de fleur linen and were infused with sporty details like cut-out bodices and racer backs. The classic double-breasted suit jacket also made appearances in camel or navy leather, giving softer looks a cool, yet polished edge.
Finishing touches: The air of ease continued into the collection’s accessories offering. Cork and embroidered straw platform sandals slotted in nicely with leather sneakers and flat sandals. Handbags were also oversized and roomy and ranged from sophisticated canvas totes to more whimsical woven ones with postcard-style graphics.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans