Ralph Lauren Fall 2011: Art Deco Meets Chinoiserie, Lauren Bush Watches (PHOTOS)
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Text by Samantha Critchell, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The Ralph Lauren runway was a departure from what New York Fashion Week had seen over the last eight days. Or, more accurately, it was a trip.
Lauren visited the fineries of Asian fashion in the fall collection presented Thursday: bright-dragon embroideries, fine silks and satins, and the perfect fit of a slim silhouette.
This wasn't a journey to bustling, contemporary China, it was regal and elegant moment with slinky velvet gowns and colorful jackets.
"I have always loved the glamour and sophistication of the 1930's and its Art Deco and Chinoiserie influences. I see it as relevant and modern now," Lauren said in an e-mail to The Associated Press after the show.
Check out images from the show and scroll down to keep reading. (All photos by AP, Getty and PatrickMcMullan.com)
The Deco theme was most obvious in the beading of chemise dresses.
The tailored menswear suits that have been all over were here, too, but they're not a trend for Lauren, they are a signature. He alternately offered skinny- and wide-leg trousers to go with the shawl-collared jackets, and even tuxedo jodhpurs with a wing-collared shirt and wool jacket.
Even a cropped motorcycle jacket covered with exposed zippers seemed refined, paired with a silk-gloss sweater and a velvet jodhpur.
And here comes the word jumpsuit again - but no need to be scared of the black bugle-beaded one with a high neck and crisscross back.
There were many red-carpet evening gowns, which is not always his norm. A black-velvet column gown with a beaded jade-and-silver halter neckline, and the finale look, silver high-neck halter gown paired with a silver beaded hood, were among the most special.