The collection of Ralph Lauren Autumn/Winter 2022 took to the spotlight on the 22nd March 2022, hosted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The collection was simply timeless, classic elements and tailoring combined with refined lines and silhouettes that epitomised the luxury wardrobe. It was very much a monochrome collection; but each look was so varied, one from the other, which made the feeling of sophistication very strong on the runway. Have a watch of the full collection below, and let's delve into some of the stand-out pieces in further detail.
The collection certainly had evening glamour written all over it, with pieces guaranteed to make you look very sharp, possibly the sharpest person there. This particular ensemble was very dashing, with a low-scooped lapel waistcoat accessorised with a hint of gold through the waistcoat chain. The four buttons sat high to allow for a tall notched hem, whilst the trousers were pleated at the waist, leading down into a smart tapered leg. The overcoat was a black double-breasted wool/cashmere blend piece with peak lapels and rounded shoulders, whilst the style of dress shirt was pleated with black dress studs and the timeless black bow tie.
The sophisticated eveningwear continued to flourish during the show, with more fine examples below.
Amongst the monochrome looks were vibrant touches of red that really lifted the collection further, especially through this regal tailcoat piece. The look included a smooth dress shirt with black studs and a wing collar to keep the white bow tie in position, worn underneath a white low-scooped waistcoat. The sharp lines of the peak lapels mirrored those of the notched hem on the waistcoat and the tailcoat hem on the front, cut in a double-breasted form and designed with brass buttons. The white pocket square was also folded in a sharp point as the black trousers included the pleated waist.
From shawl collars to layered evening ensembles, the use of red continued in full strength. The model sported a double-breasted red tartan check blazer with a tailored pair of black trousers, worn over a black stud dress shirt once more. With a classic wing collar and black bow tie, the blazer included wide peak lapels and was fastened with the one button. Two flapped pockets sat on the front, perfectly pattern-matched, whilst a third ticket pocket sat level with the waist for extra detail. Through the chic styling, it made the blazer even more of a statement.
From chic eveningwear to chic examples of workwear and suiting, the collection displayed sharp checks and stripes styled effortlessly for maximum effect. The two looks above include houndstooth in the form of a tailored knee-length overcoat or blazer with expandable patch pockets. The overcoat sits on the shoulders of the grey double-breasted check suit, worn over a white shirt and statement black tie. The jacket hem is straight, matching the sharpness of the centre crease on the trousers, leading to the hem. The use of red is subtle in this outfit as the pocket square just elevates the look more, showing how effective pocket squares are as the polka dot piece in the blazer delivers the same impact. The blazer has wide notch lapels and a low two-button front as the wide shirt collar sits over the top for a look that is perfectly effortless.
The effect of pinstripe/chalkstripe is always significant in tailoring, and this outfit was no exception. Worn with a pair of crisp white trousers, the blazer was a statement with those wide peak lapels and double-breasted front, fastened solely by the bottom button. Two flapped pockets also sat on the front of the blazer, again perfectly pattern-matched, with another ticket pocket sitting just on or below waist level. The defined tailored lines continued through the welt pocket, accessorised with a white pocket square to match the trousers; but also to match the short collar on the striped shirt. The tie featured a hexagonal print whilst, for the elegant finishing touch, a boutonnière was attached to the lapel.
The tailoring of the blazers and coats varied in length and cut; but were kept in common through the immaculate lines, strong shoulders and the confidence they conveyed. The first red blazer also had a regal element to it through the style and cut, particularly with the gold buttons on the front and the extra buttonhole leading from the black velvet collar. The red plaid check was styled as part of an evening outfit and worked splendidly as such with those peak lapels delivering once more, the same effect delivered from the black overcoat and its subtle purple pocket square. The long length of the grey check overcoat maintained the chic styling as seen throughout, draping beautifully whilst keeping its tailored form.
What was your favourite look from the collection? The tailoring was so brilliant, it's simply difficult to choose just one! If you missed any fashion shows from the recent fashion month, you can check back here on our blog and feel up-to-date with the latest runways.
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