The Ralph Lauren Fall Winter 2019 Womenswear was not late; it was right on time. Especially during award season. It reminded me of my grandmothers time when people dressed up to the 9’s to go out. As a person who grew up in NYC, wearing Ralph Lauren gave you clout.
This collection made be go home and play Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Put on a long velvet black gown and pour some bubbly in a nice glass.
Ralph Lauren imagines fashion like it was an old move when people went to the cinema for some glitz and glamour t escape their dull lives. Who doesn’t like old Hollywood style and drama? The oldest and youngest starlets always have a front-row invitation to his shows. One thing I have learned over the years is that he also knows how to dress a black woman.
Ralph Lauren // Fall Winter 2019 Le Smoking Collection
The dress code for his show specifically called for black-and-white evening attire to attend. So it was fitting that the songstress Janelle Monáe Robinson was the lady singing the blues at the event. For me, it was thus providing the landscape for an American designer. Besetting the stage and staying true to the heart of America to invite her to sing for the attendees. It was magic at its most creative. Wit the underlying history with being in your face about it.
Stepping inside “Ralph’s Club,” the ballroom on Wall Street where the designer held his show, was like stumbling onto a 1920s film set. The atmosphere had Elegant Art Deco chandeliers illuminated the room’s monochrome trimmings. Sleek white leather banquets, lacquered black floors. A jazz band provided the soundtrack as guests arrived. Leading lady Cate Blanchett got the memo. Attendees made show-stopping choices of dress from Tuxedo look to flapper dresses. Le Smoking the classically tailored silhouette was on repeat in the room
Ralph Lauren Fall Winter 2019
Le Smoking, made infamous by YSL, was the cornerstone of the collection. He played homage to how women dressed 50 years ago. Ralph adapted men’s shirting and suiting, first for his wife Ricky, then for Diane Keaton. Who wore some of his earliest pieces on-screen in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. We also saw a crystal-studded herringbone overcoat thrown over her shoulders and a bowtie to fasten her tuxedo shirt the stylist did their job well.
Gigi Hadid seemed to be strutted with confidence as she sashayed around the tables to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s “Night and Day.” Oh, blues what a song to walk too.
Ralph Lauren Le Smoking Jazz Collection
The colour palette to the collection was sultry and sexy with primary-coloured variations for every skin tone. Ralph delivered to us satin tuxedo jackets in a red, blue, and yellow cut in classic black and white, including one that came with a luxurious velvet robe in place of a blazer around the room. Each off fit dripped rich, gangsta and Red Carpet.
About midway through the show, Hadid’s younger sister Bella glided down the runway, switching the show into high gear with a show-stopping red sequin gown. It was a reminder that Lauren understands the standalone power of a gorgeous red carpet dress.
The most exciting part of the evening was when Janelle Monae took to the stage in a halter-neck tuxedo dress with a billowing tulle and plaid skirt. She performed a medley of Jazz age anthems, including an electrifying rendition of “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” bringing the whole audience to their feet.
By that point, Monae was in full cabaret singer mode; having kicked off her shoes she was climbing on tables and sneaking around the room on hands and knees.) She seemed to be the muse of the collection. If you know her story then you will agree, it was a match made in heaven pairing the designer and the singer.
Lauren, who sat with his family in the crowd after taking his bow, was inthralled like the singer. Like a gangsta in an old move who fell in love the singer at a Harlem jazz club. When Monae handed him the mic for an impromptu Karaoke session. It was like Bogart smoking a cigarette in a classic film.