Well-known American fashion designer Ralph Lauren went Latino at New York Fashion Week Thursday, featuring everything from Spanish-style matador jackets to ruffly, tango-inspired long dresses at his show.
"I was inspired by a vibrant, bohemian spirt, the artistry of things handmade and personal style that is as rich as it is romantic," Lauren told The Associated Press.
And he was apparently inspired by the country’s growing Latino population with a turquoise suede poet top, cascading ruffles down the front, and berets. From there, it was a bright red hand-crocheted tank dress and a few looks later a tomato red suede jacket with rustic brown leather details.
I was inspired by a vibrant, bohemian spirit, the artistry of things handmade and personal style that is as rich as it is romantic.
- Ralph Lauren
A colorful blanket-style serape was getting buzz from editors and stylists before they even left the downtown show space. Lauren offered the same idea - in the same green, brown and yellow colors - in an off-the-shoulder serape wrap top that probably more easily fits into the closets of most customers.
There were beaded bolero jackets and embellished jodhpur pants that evoked a matador to the Spanish-style music. And while the models wore flat-top hats and colorful scarves around their necks, each piece on its own swayed away from being a costume.
A scarlet-colored gown had beading around the shoulders that created a capelet effect, and the finale was a black, silk faille jacket with elaborate gold embroidery and a black evening skirt with tiers of organza that fell into a train.
His designs were even praised by famous Latina actress Jessica Alba, who sat on the front row with Lauren's family.
"I was definitely putting together a master wishlist for sure,” Alba said afterward. “I just have to narrow it down. It's almost too many things."