The beautiful prairie dresses and specific preppy sartorial nods that have been one of the designer's characteristics for years are among the collection's highlights, in addition to typical nods to America, such as exhibiting cowboy boots and hats and suede mainstays.
Ralph Lauren has given us a tour of his New York City throughout the past few years, including the spectacular 50th-anniversary show that was held in Central Park, the café society show that was presented at his uptown store, the swanky supper club that he launched near Wall Street, and, after a pause in live fashion shows due to the pandemic, the soignee affair that was held at MoMA during the previous season. Even though it can't be denied that he was born and raised in New York City, there is nothing quite like a case of wanderlust to spark one's imagination and get the creative juices flowing.
As a result, the fashion designer searched further afield for inspiration for spring. Particularly to Southern California; amazingly, this will be the very first time he's been displayed here. The Huntington Library, a museum and botanical garden located just northeast of Los Angeles, was established in 1919 by a tycoon household that made their fortune in railroads and real estate. Although he was free to go wherever he pleased, Lauren decided on a destination that was a bit of a surprise: the Huntington Library.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Diane Keaton, Laura Dern, John Legend, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright, to name a few, were in attendance when Ralph Lauren presented his vision to his friends from the upper echelons of Hollywood's elite. The presentation took place against the museum's facade, which was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. He was astute enough to also have a sizeable group of content makers there, including TikTok stars such as Noah Beck and Wisdom Kaye. The mood was established by the cushioned loungers and the twilight cocktail hour; it was California casual styled in a Ralph manner.
According to what he said in the show notes, "California has long been a land of fantasies and paradoxes — rough beaches and crimson carpets." You can see that he finds the contrasts fascinating by looking at them. He continued, "I bring my goal of living here for the first time ever, sharing my worlds in an experience that honors a way of life I have always believed in—a blend of roughness and glamour, energy and inspiration."
There is no aspect of the American psyche that Ralph Lauren has not discussed in some capacity during his career that has spanned the past six decades. However, the Western landscape and its legends have always fascinated him. Therefore, it should not be surprising that he discovered ways to gain fresh insights from archetypes and codes that he had previously investigated.