Friday was a big day in the history of fashion. One of the most iconic designers and his label celebrated their 50th anniversary. Yes, we’re talking about the all-American fashion guru Ralph Lauren, who’s been taking care of your style for half a century. This is such a huge milestone, that the designer decided to celebrate it in the most opulent possible way.
The Oscars of Fashion, the CFDA Awards took place last night honoring the biggest American talents. The Council of Fashion Designers of America opted for a new location this year, the Brooklyn Museum. Issa Rae hosted the celebrity-packed event that included everyone from Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber to Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett.
Speaking of the awards, pre-announced honourees included Diane von Furstenberg, who won the Swarovski Award for Positive Change; Carolina Herrera, who was presented with the Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert; Narciso Rodriguez, who took home the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award; Donatella Versace, who was honored with the International Award; Naomi Campbell, who was recognized as the CFDA’s Fashion Icon; Edward Enninful, who received the Media Award; and Ralph Lauren who was presented with the CFDA’s first ever Members Salute Award.
Naomi Campbell delivered one of the most emotional speeches of the night:
“I was told many times that I couldn’t do certain things because of the color of my skin. I let it drive me. And of course I’m human, and I found it hard at times not to take it personally. But I stand here today as a proud woman of color, and I will continue to push for diversity and equality in this industry,” the supermodel told the audience.
The main part of the event included A-list presenters who handed the top prizes to the brightest talents in American fashion. The award of Womenswear Designer of The Year went in the hands of Raf Simons of Calvin Klein for the second year in a row. James Jebbia of Supreme was awarded for best menswear designer and he had some interesting thoughts on the topic:
“I’ve never considered Supreme to be a fashion company or myself to be a designer, but I appreciate the recognition for what we do,” he said.
According to the CFDA, in the accessory game, famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olen of The Row won. The Council of Fashion Designers of America decided to present the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent to Sander Lak of Sies Marjan.
It seems that in 2018, the CFDA is finally giving some credit to influencers. The Council included a new award this year – The Influencer Award. This prize went into the hands of no other than Kim Kardashian. Ten years ago, the reality star was considered as famous for being famous without any particular talent. But now the CFDA is recognizing her achievements in the industry with The Influencer award. Kim herself seemed surprised:
“I’m kind of shocked I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time,” she joked during her acceptance speech. “But this is seriously such an honor, so thank you to the CFDA for this award,” she finished.
Last year we had predictions that 2018 will be the year of fur-free fashion. We are always pleased to hear that more and more fashion labels say no to fur. Last week. Donatella Versace announced that she will no longer kill animals in the name of fashion. San Francisco will also join the no-fur movement starting from January 1. The city’s board of supervisors voted to ban the sale of fur, making San Francisco the largest city in the USA to do so. Every member of the board agreed that the city needs to stop selling fur items. The board hopes that this decision will inspire other cities in the country to follow their steps.
“This has been one of the things on their agenda, especially in San Francisco. We know that when we do things in San Francisco that a lot of times it will get attention nationally and globally. We also feel a big responsibility when we’re in a position like this because it could really make a huge impact,” a spokesperson of the board of supervisors said in a statement.
After January 1, every retailer that sells apparel or accessories with new fur will be punished with $500 fine per violation. For example, if there are 5 items made of new fur, that will result in 5 violations. For those who have purchased fur to this date, there is a one-year amnesty on the fine. The fur ban in San Francisco is a follow-up to the anti-fur initiatives from other cities in the USA as well as other countries. West Hollywood was the first city in the USA to prohibit the sale of fur back in 2011. Berkeley did the same in 2017. Next, the U.K’s fur ban act “prohibits the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur”. Other countries that have banned fur farming include Australia and the Netherlands. The Netherlands also has plans to shot down mink farms by 2024. Norway has similar plans, expected to be fully realized by 2025. This country has also banned fur farms.
This year many fashion brands joined the anti-fur family. Besides Versace, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo said no to fur just recently. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger have been fur-free for years. Many nowadays customers, especially those who belong to the younger generations don’t support animal cruelty in fashion. Their ethical preferences together with the efforts of animal activists have made many brands to exclude fur from their offerings. It is revolutionary that even entire cities decided to join the anti-fur policy.
The countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympics has begun! We are 100 days away from the Winter Olympic Games that will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The event will start on February 9. The all American brand Polo Ralph Lauren has unveiled the official uniforms that Team USA will wear at the closing ceremony. To present the new uniforms Polo Ralph Lauren invited Olympians from the Team USA. The snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson, freestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, and Olympian ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani modeled the official uniforms for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Polo Ralph Lauren stayed true to its signature style when it comes to the new uniforms. The uniforms for the closing ceremony carry “traditional artisanal design references with modern fabrications in a patriotic spirit of red, white, and blue,” according to Polo Ralph Lauren’s press release.
The Olympian Jamie Anderson presented a ski-inspired white water-repellent jacket with the brand’s logo, the country’s flag and Olympics logo patched on it. She also wore a 3-colored all-American sweater. On the picture of the Olympian Maia Shibutani, we can see the trousers. Simple navy ones with a red track on the sides and the brand’s logo on the front. Gus Kenworthy modeled the same outfit in men’s version.
To accessorize the looks Polo Ralph Lauren designed woolen mittens and a matching hat. The accessories feature winter motifs in blue, white and red. The American flag graces the front part of the hats. To finish off the closing ceremony uniforms, Polo Ralph Lauren designed matching suede boots with red laces.
Photo Credit: NBC Universal
Polo Ralph Lauren understands the style needs of the Team USA better than anyone else. The brand has been the official outfitter for the U.S team six times so far. So, the brand has perfected the sporty uniform for the closing ceremony. Once again Team USA will be perfectly stylish and extra warm in the final parade.
You don’t have to be an Olympian to get your hands on the gear. You can support the Team USA in the same uniform. The Team USA Collection will be available to purchase in December. The Olympic pieces will be available at select Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren stores. For those who prefer to shop online, the collection will also drop on RalphLauren.com and TeamUSAShop.com.
The millennial’s favorite brand Gucci has banned the use of fur. The decision applies to the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. Gucci sells many fur items, so this is a huge step forward. The fur products are worth between $12-$14 million on annual basis. Among the most popular Gucci products that feature fur are the fur-lined loafers and their coats. Anyway, the brand has decided to replace all the real fur products with faux fur alternatives and new innovative fabrics.
Gucci has used fur a lot in the past. So the decision to ban it from their collections caught the world by surprise. Anyway, the animal rights activists warmly welcomed this decision. Gucci has been working with the Humane Society and LAV (an Italian-based animal welfare group) to join the fur-free alliance. Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri made the announcement during the 2017 Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion.
The brand banned the fur because according to Bizzarri “It’s a little bit outdated. Creativity can jump in many different directions instead of using furs”. And millennials will love the fur-free Gucci. The young generations are much more ethically minded and aware. Gucci’s CEO was worried that youngsters wouldn’t consider the fashion house as a potential place to invest their talent because of the usage of fur. So this was another reason why Gucci is going fur-free.
The creative director Alessandro Michele also supports the decision. Even his most recent collection included fur, so this was a bit surprising. The designer explained that this decision is something that their customers were highly anticipating. So, he agrees that Gucci needed the fur-free concept.
Luckily, many luxury brands went fur-free lately. One of the first brands that became fur-free was Calvin Klein back in 1993. A conversation between Mr. Calvin Klein and activist of PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) convinced the designer to stop using fur in his collections. Ralph Lauren made the same decision in 2006. Tommy Hilfiger followed their example and became fur-free in 2007. One of the most pleasant surprises was the online luxury retailer Net-a-porter. The luxury fashion giant removed all the fur products from its website earlier this year. For years Stella McCartney focuses on sustainable ways of production without harming the environment or animals. The use of fur in fashion is still present, but at least there is a slow progress in the last decade.
Only Ralph Lauren can turn a garage into a runway venue. And only Ralph Lauren can bring the biggest A-listers to Bedford, which is an hour north from Manhattan to see the latest Ready-to-wear Fall 2017 collection. Well, Ralph Lauren garage is no ordinary garage. There the designer keeps his luxury and rare motor car collection, worth the GDP of a small country. The two-story hangar is a home to Lauren’s McClaren’s, Ferraris and Porches. The expensive cars served as a setting for the see-now, buy-now show.
Ralph Lauren isn’t afraid to make bold moves. During SS 2018 NYFW all of the designers showed their Spring 2018 collections. But Lauren presented his late Fall 2017 collection. Three seasons ago the designer adopted the see-now, buy-now concept. Many brands were scared off from Lauren’s instant fashion concept. It all started when Patrice Louvet stepped in the role of chief executive officer replacing Steven Larsson. Larsson left Ralph Lauren after the disagreement with the designer on how to arrange the collections in the competitive market.
The designer showed his men’s Purple Label and women’s collection together for the first time. Checks and plaids in neutral gray were the patterns of choice for the suits and other office-approved ensembles. Both collections were all about power dressing. The luxury sharply tailored Bond suits weren’t much different from the women’s tailored-to-perfection suits. The women’s power suits have confident cuts and radiate empowerment.
“The silhouettes are so strong and there’s such a sense of female empowerment in every look. It’s an intelligent femininity,” said Katie Holmes who showed up in dazzling wide-leg gold trousers. Katie’s outfit got an insane media attention, especially from the Twitter users.
Ralph Lauren paid tribute to his beloved luxury car collection with many of his Fall 2017 designs. The designer paired motocross jackets with formal pieces. The black leather was used to add an edgy vibe to the simple all-black outfits.
Somewhere towards the end of the show models in vibrant-hued pieces walked next to Lauren’s sports cars and the similarity was more than obvious. The designer used Ferrari-red color in a few statement pieces among which was the shiny corset tulle gown that Bella Hadid wore last night. Her bestie Kendall Jenner wore a similar style with a vibrant yellow upper part and intricate neckline.
Ralph Lauren’s show was a real spectacle. The designer celebrated his 50th anniversary in the best possible way. With his favorite VIP’s at the front row, long year muses on the runway and his impressive car collection that served as an inspiration for the fall 2017 collection.
Photo Credit: Indigital
The New York Fashion Week starts next week on September 7. This year there will be multiple changes predominantly in the schedule. Big names such as Altuzzara, Rodarte, Thom Browne, and Proenza Schouler decided to show their collections in Paris. Probably this was the reason why the NYFW will end one day earlier than usual. The last shows will happen on September 13.
During the NYFW designers will show their spring 2018 women’s collections. Some designers moved to Paris, but there are still many exciting names that will show their designs next week. Among the fashion houses that are returning this year to the NYFW are Tom Ford and Fenty x Puma by Rihanna. Both shows are expected to have a high-profile audience full of celebrities and influencers. There are also some designers who will show at NYFW for the first time. The cool streetwear label Daisy approved by Kim Kardashian West is on the schedule for this year. Next, Matthew Adams Dolan, Rihanna’s go-to denim designer will also make his debut on the NYFW. Other new names include Snow Xue Gao, Lou Dallas and Barragan and LRS. The plus-size clothing brand Addition Elle will also be part of the NYFW for the first time ever. Models such as Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods will walk the runway for the brand. This is expected to be the most body-positive NYFW so far.
Another change this year is the location. Rumor has it that Brooklyn will be the center of the fashion events this year. Some of the brands already confirmed their locations in Brooklyn. Additionally, some designers choose out of town locations. Ralph Lauren, for example, will show his collection 46.1 miles from One World Trade Center. The designer will present Spring 2018 designs in his garage in Bedford. More designers are leaving the runway concept and opt for a more intimate atmosphere. This way, the audience has a closer look at the designs. Designers, on the other hand, get an opportunity to connect with the audience on a more personal level. This year Narciso Rodriguez and Rag and Bone will show the collections in their ateliers.
The NYFW has many new faces this year. The most popular one is Kaia Gerber, the 16-year-old daughter of the former supermodel Cindy Crawford. Kaia is the new face of the Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs. Therefore, we should expect the model to make her debut at the NYFW on the Marc Jacobs’ show.
There are also many fashion films this year and upgraded in-between show snacks. Movies, snacks, and fashion seem like a perfect idea to spend the week.
Ralph Lauren, one of America’s most iconic fashion houses, has just unveiled its spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection at 888 Madison Avenue, New York, with all of the staples being already available for purchase at RalphLauren.com.
This was, in fact, Ralph Lauren’s second take on the acclaimed see-now-buy-now-formula, which was overall positively received for the Ralph Lauren fall/winter 2017 collection. Although united through the same strategy, the two lines present two big differences.
First of all, the current Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2017 rtw line-up was all about Ralph Lauren’s luxurious taste, which inevitably reminded us of the fashion house’s opulent legacy from the Nineties. The autumnal season, on the other hand, presented an overall “model off-duty” kind of aesthetic that was more wearable on a daily basis. Secondly, the two lines were showcased in two different historical moments.
This collection comes after Ralph Lauren’s decision to dress first lady Melania Trump for the Inauguration Day, a choice some people did not approve (although others saw it as an act of fairness, given the fact that Ralph Lauren was very vocal about his support for Hillary Clinton and created the looks she wore during her campaign). That being said, it will be extremely interesting to see whether such a choice will actually have any kind of repercussion on the sales of this see-now-buy-now collection.
Strategies, politics and marketing aside, the Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2017 collection was particularly appealing fashion-wise, with most of the staples exuding a sense of quietness and elegance that was inspired by the desert and its sandy landscapes.
While creating the pieces, American fashion designer Ralph Lauren managed to translate every kind of feeling, daydream and sound that one gets while thinking about Sahara Desert, with even the oasis being figuratively transposed to fashion. For these reasons, the collection’s color palette and the fabric’s textures were the elements Lauren emphasized most, with the former being all about ochres, beiges and sunburned shades, and the latter featuring an otherworldly array of textures that, when not opaque, shone like mirages thanks to their sleek accents.
And appealing surely were the kind of figures, silhouettes and cuts he chose to accentuate throughout the line-up, as they were still coherently anchored to the desert theme. Relaxed and with a style that could be described as the perfect bond between loungewear and utilitarian, urban-chic style, the Ralph Lauren spring 2017 collection featured both day-to-day staples, such as suit jackets and hybrid harem pants, and ultra refined frocks to wear during the fanciest nights out.
Although he did put more strategically casual items here and there, such as jeans and shirts, the collection’s overall attitude was luxurious, meaning that those who are in the mood for treating themselves to something unapologetically soigné, will definitely find a lot of brilliant ideas in this collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
If you’ve started shopping around for some new outerwear for the coming winter season, stop what you’re doing and look at this line – Ralph Lauren has just launched a capsule collection of 10 iconic wintertime wardrobe pieces available for purchase at RalphLauren.com. The Ralph Lauren winter 2016 outerwear collection is composed of nine outerwear pieces and one pair of pants that are basic without being boring.
A majority of the pieces are staple winter designs with a few tossed in with special detailing to keep things interesting. The subtler outerwear looks are a tweed jacket, a tuxedo, a blazer; these are all professional silhouettes that could be worn just as easily as part of an outfit as it would as outerwear.
A peacoat and a British warmer are present to serve as the more practical options for the winter months, as they are inherently warmer and traditionally used in such a way. A safari jacket and an army field jacket are the perfect lightweight jackets for those days that aren’t quite cold enough for a winter coat, and are super easy to throw on and run out the door.
The final outerwear pieces, an officer’s jacket and a fireman’s coat, are the more aesthetically interesting pieces in the Ralph Lauren winter 2016 capsule collection. The embellishments on the latter make it seem heavy without being burdensome, and the overall look is perfect if you’re looking for that standout piece that will have you looking great and have people asking where you got your jacket, without any loud colors or details detracting from the integrity of the beautifully constructed silhouette.
The officer’s jacket is the slimmer option, and there’s not much to be said in words about this piece; just looking at it gives you the entire garment’s story! It makes for a great accessory in and of itself.
The final piece, a sailor pant, is the only non-outerwear garment in the capsule collection. It’s an interesting toss in, amid the variety of outerwear and nothing more, but we’re honestly just so glad it made it in.
The pants are crisp while being relaxed, with the perfect amount of detailing coming in through the solid buttons framing the top. This is the kind of silhouette that almost feels like a cheat in fashion; they look fabulous on and are oftentimes super comfortable on top of that. So on those days where even getting out of bed seems like a struggle, these will be right there to brighten your day a bit!
The same day-brightening capabilities are also within the other pieces in the collection, though, since they all look stunning. There’s just something so satisfying about seeing nine outerwear pieces side by side, especially when they’re all impeccably crafted and with the perfect amount of embellishments on each.
The campaign for the Ralph Lauren winter 2016 outerwear collection is absolutely stunning to watch as well. It reminds us all of the refreshment that comes with cold, crisp air and all of the best aspects of autumn and winter.
Grace Elizabeth and Romy Schönberger are the two models seen strutting their stuff wearing some of these looks through the streets of uptown NYC. Watching these two models perform all sorts of daily activities wearing these cool coats is enough to show us that these looks are simply made to be worn out right now.
The capsule collection is available throughout the year at RalphLauren.com, so there’s no need to wait around or wonder how long they will be there!
Photos courtesy of Ralph Lauren