A master of sleek modern American sophistication, designer Ralph Lauren decided to take the fashion crowd on Thursday on a chic summer Safari.
The designer didn’t miss a beat, or an opportunity, to give each and every hallmark item of expedition attire an elegant upgrade. His multi-pocketed safari jackets came crafted out of a bright colored gazar or reworked into a tasteful suede shirt dress or coat dress. Classic baggy cargo pants were slimmed down into fitted trousers, and a utilitarian jumpsuit would pass muster at a cocktail party, cut as it was out of silk charmeuse.
Lauren also had a few sartorial surprises up his sleeve. The use of a liquid metallic ruched organza on skirts and tops was an adroit way to instantly upgrade the no-frills foundation of this show. The designer also injected a quick jolt of sexiness into the mix thanks to a winning black cocktail dress with open lacing featured tracing up and over the model's arms.
Then slowly and ever so slightly Lauren began to reveal exactly where he wanted his safari to take place. India was his continent of choice. And it was that country’s love of vivid colors that the designer translated into his tulle and silk evening dresses in lemon yellow, poppy red or olive green. The use of multicolored crystal beading across the front of some of the gowns was a clear nod to the Maharajas. While the crisp Pathani shantung suiting made for a more masculine, yet no less appealing, alternative to the designer's voluminous ball gowns.
If this is the way that Lauren likes to rough it, then traveling with him must surely be an adventure worth taking.