Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Spring '11. Ralph Lauren's Wild Wild West

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Summary: This was our first time covering Ralph Lauren in person and what an honor and wild ride it was! A ride out West that is. We were transported to cowgirl chic out west ramped up about 10 amps right here in Manhattan. This is the kind of cowgirl look any big city woman would be thrilled to wear. OK, there was tons of ivory (what else is new this season?), but there was also lots of wearable suede fringe, metallic embroidered natural colored jeans and a metallic fringe skirt with silver beads paired with a plaid blouse that I would be proud to strut down Madison Avenue wearing. Most looks were finished with amazing over-the-top covetable belts, even the evening gowns. There was something very reminiscent of his 80's cowgirl aesthetic ( I swear I owned some) yet with a completely modern twist. Only a genius like Ralph Lauren could pull this off and not look campy. It was treat indeed.

Color Palette: white, off-white, parchment, cream, champagne, sand, honey, palomino, saddle, cafe, antiqued brown, dark brown, antiqued silver, platinum, bronze, blush, faded green, faded blue, french blue

Fabrics & Textures: linen, tulle, washed crepe de chine, cotton pique, cotton broadcloth, cotton jacquard, silk georgette, silk charmeuse, crinkle chiffon, washed linen, chintzed linen, plastered linen, canvas, workwear jean, leather, distressed leather, deerskin, suede, velvet, lame, tablecloth plaid, green plaid, fringe, crochet, lace, ruffles, beading, embroidery, Navajo print bags, belts,

Key Looks: parchment deerskin fringed pants; saddle suede fringed vest; belted suede fringed coat; saddle suede cavalry shirtdress; white chintzed linen jacket with a white pique jacquard cotton vest and white cotton shirt with vintage men's collar and white linen pat pant; natural distressed canvas metallic embroidered jean; champagne silk georgette long dress; brown gauze linen serape striped shawl with a platinum tulle beaded fringed dress; platinum lame beaded skirt; saddle suede embroidered fringed pant; platinum tulle beaded long gown and a strapless and belted platinum lame gown; Navajo cross-body bags, raw edge sandals with woven, chain heels

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Photos: NY Mag and Second City Style

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