The mise en scene at Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2018 runway show was an antithesis to the current climate outside. You see, the City of New York was a cool 40F but inside Mr. Lauren’s show, models glided down the catwalk barefoot, surrounded by a mirror of the designer’s holiday home in Jamaica, which we can only assume is heated at a balmy 85F.
The industry veteran wanted to share the feeling of escapism and solace he experiences when he holidays in Jamaica; his show notes added, “Everyone wishes for a magical place where they can step out of time and into the beauty of nature. I wanted to share the mood, the light, the blue and white freshness of my retreat.”
The collection read more like a Summer capsule with bounds of bright white and pale royal blue. A ditsy floral printed dress with over-zealous sleeves and pearl button detailing was paired with a pair of white-out jeans and a tie-dye tote. It wasn’t until look number 33 did we start to realize we were in fact at the Fall shows; the reminder was a color-blocked gilet with red heart-shaped vinyl pockets, styled over a navy turtleneck and some wide leg, smart-cut sweatpants.
Although the collection took a turn for the warmer months, there were pieces that were easily workable if thrown under a coat, or over a roll-neck, allowing us to wear Ralph’s ‘Island Dreams’ range, in the reality of Winter.