It’s a jungle out there. To aid his girl trek the city streets, or, perhaps, an actual savanna in Kenya, Ralph Lauren sent models out the gates in safari dress: Fitted cargo pants in silk, cotton or satin; authoritative jodhpurs and army shirts with epaulets all in earthy tones of olive, ivory and black.
But his is a lady — and a glamorous one at that. Lauren balanced out the utilitarian looks with a hefty dose of razzle-dazzle. Big, sparkly jewelry, polished peplums, bouncy skirts and punches of vibrant color— seductive amethyst, canary yellow, mandarin orange — all found their way down the runway. The evening gowns, a house specialty, ranged from sleek and fluid to frothy (cargo shirts tucked into fluffy tulle skirts). But it was the one-off — a slithering silk white column with corset lacing — that stood out from the herd.