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Runway Report: From Russia With Love at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren has been at the top of the fashion game for decades now and today’s Fall 2013 Runway Show proved that he earns this title every time.  Taking a trip across the world to Russia, the collection’s shearling hats, velvet gem tone gowns and endless dripping diamonds were absolute perfection for a Valentine’s Day morning.  Adding to the magnificent clothing, which we will no doubt dive into later, was an incredible lineup of models, but it was Daria Strokous who had the honor of opening and closing the divine show today- which we might add, ended in the most spectacular vision of a white beaded tulle gown, shearling stole, hat, high gloves and of course, diamond earrings.

Joining Daria on the lavish runway were models Hilary Rhoda, Toni Garrn, Karlie Kloss, Valentina Zalyaeva, Jasmine Tookes, Magdalena Frackowiak, Lindsey Wixson, Sui He, Bette Franke and Jourdan Dunn, who opened the collection in a variety of buttoned-up and elegant military styles.   We saw a turtleneck knit paired with a leather pleated skirt and military cap, mid-length coats and billowy blouses with brass buttons, nautical stripes, silk scarves tied in bows around the neck, fabulous black trousers and black boots.  The collection then shifted into some exquisite velvet cocktail dresses in bordeaux, Prussian blue, and deep purple that were paired with an array of black hats like shearling caps and berets.  And just when we thought we had seen enough beauty to last us weeks, we got a glimpse of the bags.  Bohemian patchwork carpet bags with shearling trim in tote and hobo styles were carried down the runway and sent our jaws to the mahogany floor.

We were back to black for the next section, which produced some impeccable pieces in leather and beading, including a leather pleated coat with shearling collar, silk velvet floor length floral-embroidered coat, and seriously, no seriously, the most divine leather and silk pleated evening gown to ever float by.  And as we arrived to the final looks, it was as if Ralph Lauren was backstage whispering, “now just wait what I’ve got up my sleeves for you now,” because each gown after that was more unbelievable than the next.

For starters, we saw a black evening dress with a gold beaded sleeve that came down from the shoulder, followed by a midnight blue velvet gown with the most spectacular diamond neck piece, that illicited more than it’s fair share of bellows and applause.  Next up were gowns in Bordeaux tulle paired with a chocolate shearling capelet, forest green silk taffeta with a shearling/feather bolero, and of course the finale look on Daria that we remarked on previously.  Ralph Lauren truly takes us on the most amazing journeys with his collections.  He continually produces theatrical and luxurious pieces that still maintain wearability.  It is as simple as this: he is a true artist with the best taste in town.  Bravo, Mr. Lauren, bravo.

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