Ralph Lauren goes minimal for latest fashion show, with muted tones and a more intimate setting

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Ralph Lauren is famous for his lavish fashion shows, but for his Fall/Holiday 2024 collection, he opted for a more intimate affair. Instead of a grand venue, the show took place in a small design studio at his New York City offices. This choice was inspired by his very first women’s fashion show back in 1972, which he hosted in his own office for editors and friends.

The front row of the show was filled with stars like Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Rebecca Hall, and Jodie Turner-Smith. The show kicked off with supermodel Christy Turlington, aged 55, strutting the runway in a chic beige wool coat, embodying Ralph Lauren’s timeless aesthetic.

The collection featured a soothing color palette of neutral tones like tans, browns, grays, black, and metallics. From tailored jackets and trousers for daytime to slinky sequined gowns for evening wear, the designs exuded elegance. Western-inspired elements, such as long fringes on coats and cowboy hats, added Ralph Lauren’s signature flair.

One standout piece was a backless gown dress in sparkly gold, which closed the show with a memorable flourish. After the show, guests headed to Lauren’s Polo Bar restaurant, where the designer received cheers upon his arrival, before indulging in one of the restaurant’s signature burgers.

Glenn Close, wearing a white Ralph Lauren pantsuit, shared the story behind her outfit, highlighting the brand’s enduring quality and timeless style. For Close, growing up in New England instilled a mentality of buying high-quality pieces and wearing them until they wear out, reflecting Ralph Lauren’s philosophy of lasting elegance.

David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s son and an executive at the label, discussed the creative process behind each season’s designs. He emphasized the brand’s commitment to evolving while staying true to its signature style. Despite not dressing any stars for the upcoming Met Gala, the label has a busy schedule ahead, including outfitting Team USA for the Olympics in Paris and presenting a men’s collection in Milan.

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