Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection: Utilitarian Euphoria

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Think of all the things that come to mind when you reflect on Ralph Lauren: Buttery stretch suede pants, cinch-waist safari jackets, crisp tufts of ruffles, draped mock-turtlenecks, breezy coveralls, bejeweled statement necklaces and drop earrings, lean tunic gowns, layered tulle skirts, to name just a few. The original king of easy, glamorous American style, and for Spring ’15, he is back to remind us that no one else comes close to his particular genre of dressing. In the process, he has successfully whipped up the perfect summer wardrobe, with something for every possible occasion, from the casual to the cocktail, jet-set comfort to strictly business moments to off-day chic to black-tie drama.

But the real scenario is clear: this season, the glitzy safari princess takes a semi-tomboyish holiday, and the message was evident upon the first look: a draped and sashed satin top in royal violet paired with semi-loose, low-slung, tapered cargo pants. Could it be? Does this mark the triumphant return of the dressed-up cargo pant?! If anyone can make the often-abused style look fresh and appealing, it’s Ralph Lauren. Soft and easy does it! Ralph’s juxtaposing palette serves the looks well. Nothing energizes quintessential neutral shades of olive, khaki, and army tan like punchy pops of searing hue – a sunny lemon-citrine trench coat draped over a knit and suede ensemble, easy silk shantung pants in bright fuchsia with an olive silk shirt, and a sheer neon-orange safari jacket is paired with an equally bright exotic tote.

There is plenty of tulle, organza, and utterly spectacular beadwork to counter the more functional fabrics, like cotton canvas, and there is also a refreshing portion of all-white elegance (check out the column dresses) for those who prefer to keep their spring wardrobe perfectly pristine. But ultimately, this is a collection delightfully founded upon the utilitarian, like jumpsuits in silk charmeuse, and that sense of practicality has been glammed up with plenty of dramatic jewels. This ongoing contrast is summed up in one major look: a long-sleeve tulle gown, glistening with crystals, and worn with a super-oversized, distressed metallic leather shoulder bag. This is red-carpet glamour with a hearty helping of grit.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 CollectionMy favorite looks taken with my high-tech and super-professional iPhone

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

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