Runway Report: Ralph Lauren SS19

An American dream. Ralph Lauren celebrated his 50th anniversary during New York Fashion Week, with a show in Central Park. A landmark occasion called for a landmark location- thus manifesting the New York classic, as the place to host a fashion show. Ralph Lauren- a New York native himself- debuted the collection at the Bethesda Terrace. A diverse cast walked the collection, speaking precisely to the forever-versatility the brand has offered for fifty years.

Spring Summer 2019 spoke to the ever-prominent western influences that Ralph Lauren has always seemed to behold. Suede jackets and plaid shirting was accompanied by loads of denim, only to be offset by the inclusion of sequins and weighted embellishments. The collection proved even more relevant due to the regression towards Nineties nostalgia. Ralph Lauren functioned an array of his greatest American notes- Navajo prints, Western accessories, brocades and velvet.

The show walked 150 models down the runway, conceptualizing the brand through the cast. Models of all generations walked, including models with their children- a nod to the cross-generational characteristic of Ralph Lauren.

A definer of American fashion, Ralph Lauren displayed the reach of his mainstay brand. Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West and Robert De Niro attended the anniversary, alongside other American designers amongst the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jason Wu. Such diversity made apparent the many roles that Ralph Lauren has played in America’s culture.

The evening concluded with a standing ovation in Central Park. An emotional, Ralph Lauren stood amongst the crowd, as all applauded. An elegant dinner followed suit, in which Oprah WInfrey commenced the event with a toast- speaking to the symbolic strength Ralph Lauren has instilled in America, to follow their individual dreams.

“What is real is what lasts,” spoke Winfrey. “We are here because you have lasted.”

About the Author

Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione