Thanks, Ralph.

27/03/2013 § 2 Comments

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Double RL & Co. for women has finally arrived, and I am a very happy girl.  Amazingly, this beaut of a lookbook manages to serve merely as icing on the cake that is the S/S 2013 collection, full of western shirts, 40s-era day dresses, and a boyfriend jean that I desperately need in my life.

Thanks, Ralph.  This almost makes up for killing off Rugby and some rather lackluster Collections since F/W 2012.  Almost.  I mean, you are trying to sell me this as an actual accessory.

Ralph Lauren at Downton Abbey

19/12/2012 § 1 Comment

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A private showing of Ralph Lauren Collection Fall/Winter 2012 at Highclere Castle, the real-life stand in for Downton Abbey?  Evidently my invitation was lost in the mail, but at least we have these gorgeous photos taken by Chris Allerton to comfort ourselves with.

Images via Ralph Lauren.

Fetch My Walking Stick… {Ralph Lauren Collection Fall/Winter 2012}

16/02/2012 § 8 Comments

So.  He opened the show with the Downton Abbey theme song.
Mr. Lauren, can you please exit my brain?

Just kidding!  Stay as long as you like.  Forever, even.

Please prepare yourself for a mammoth montage of photos from the Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012 show.  The full looks are amazing — two movements here really: first,  classic English countryside, tailored, outrageously layered patterns and a stroke of ocelot genius; and second, a glamorous art deco, jewel-toned luxury that echoes his recent home collection  — but you can scoot off to plenty of other places on the internets for that.  Here, I’d like to draw your attention to some detail shots by Mr. Marcio Madeira, my favorite runway photographer.  The inspiration abounds.

Long story short, I love the collection.  But I’m sure you knew that already.

Someone fetch my walking stick.

Oh my.

One more time for good measure…

All photos by Marcio Madeira for First Look/Vogue.  For all the looks, head here.

Earlier: Ralph Lauren Collection Spring/Summer 2012

In The Trenches: Ralph Lauren Home Sample Sale

28/02/2011 § 7 Comments

When I received the notice from Soiffer Haskin regarding an upcoming Ralph Lauren Home sample sale, I admittedly let it pass without much thought.  I vaguely remembered on Saturday morning that it was this weekend, and decided that I was in need of some sheets and perhaps a new duvet, so I went searching through the interwebs for the usual information on location and hours and whatnot.  I was not prepared to find out that this was not your regular white sale — this was the sale, the sale that used to only be open to Ralph Lauren employees, the sale where Ralph Lauren Creative Services opens up their ridiculous store of vintage treasures to the public, the sale you must attend if you’ve ever dreamed of living in that gorgeous mansion up on Madison Avenue, like me.

Hello, Lover.  Image via NYT.

I realized I was already a day behind the fanatics, but I had luckily woken up early enough to be there for the opening of the second day.  As I read stories online of people leaving the warehouse with huge bags full of amazing things — yesterday — and that a substantial line waited patiently for their turn to enter while toughing out the torrential downpour that hit NYC on Friday, I realized it was time to rally.  I got there just after the doors opened and I made a full loop before committing to anything.  I avoided the remaining home collection wares — I can only imagine there had to have been more on Friday — and focused on the antiques and vintage areas.  Speed was definitely the way to go, as things were being snapped up left and right.  Prices were very reasonable (and I heard that they dropped even further on Sunday), which added to the frenzy.  Frequently when I would return to an area, things were gone in a matter of minutes.  She who hesitated was definitely lost.  There were also quite a few large items, which posed a potential transportation problem for me, so I had to avoid them.  This was the first year there was a courier service available onsite, but one of the RL workers actually told me to avoid them at all costs, and she was right — their rates were outrageous.  For next year’s sale, bring a partner or two, get a Zipcar, or have a plan to get yourself and your stuff into a cab.

The antique area was full of barrels, signs, sporting equipment, knick-knackery, and the like.  That marble tailors sign almost came home with me, but it was too heavy.  This area was already picked pretty clean by the end of the first day, but I did manage a few finds.  However, in the courier’s area, I saw already-sold vintage bicycles, rugs and club chairs being packaged to be sent out.  Curses!

More lamps than you could shake a stick at.

Armoires, beds, tables, desks, benches, oh my!

Rows and rows of beautiful chairs.

Vintage clothing and jewelry.

Perhaps you were in need of a life sized British soldier or six?

Next year, I am confident that this is the type of event that warrants showing up on opening day and joining the queue.  Now I don’t come to this decision lightly.  There aren’t many things I would willingly do this for.  But seeing what was left over on the second day of this sale assures me that to the queuers, come the spoils.  Also, if you aren’t already signed up with Soiffer Haskin, I highly recommend it.

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