Ralph Lauren has made a sweeping, grand comeback to New York Fashion Week on its first official night Friday with a lavish show, preceded by a star-studded red carpet and followed by a luxurious dinner, at Brooklyn's Navy Yard in a converted warehouse transformed into a glamorous, rustic-chic space.
The iconic designer made his last NYFW outing in September 2019, but the flair of his off-season Los Angeles show at the Huntington Library this past October carried over to his New York runway Friday, with hints of breezy California style and the West mixed in with jewel-toned gowns and colorful, silky fabrics; always present is his classic Americana ethos.
Jennifer Lopez, Emma Roberts, Gabrielle Union, James Marsden, Julianne Moore, Diane Keaton, Laura Dern, Rachel Brosnahan, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevigne, and more topped the celebrity-filled guest list to take in the collection.
The flowing blouses and dresses, vibrant ensembles, and crochet and fringe detailing melded with the brand's usual Western belt buckles, blue denim, and button-down shirts.
"I think this is for a liberated woman, with more of an international quality," says Lauren, whose eponymous brand since 1967 has made him a cross-generational household name and worldwide. Though he notes, "People always say American, but you can be many things."
Lauren says the inspiration for the new collection "feels free" but "very classic," and he recalls his daughter Dylan saying it didn't feel distinctly like any one place they've visited yet it's "got the flavors of Europe."
"They were things that an elegant woman could wear at any age, any time, any country," he added.
Supermodel Christy Turlington closed out the runway, donning a gold lamé, one-shoulder gown. The 53-year-old glowed during her turn on the catwalk as such modeled Lauren's new collection.