Rustic Holiday – As the holidays grow closer, more brands are releasing their new campaigns for the Christmas season. Ralph Lauren gets into the mix with its latest advertisements starring Russian beauty Valentina Zalyaeva. Richard Phibbs captures Valentina (who walked Lauren’s spring-summer 2014 show) posing in elegant, festive looks alongside dogs and goats in a rustic countryside setting. Whether wearing cozy knitwear or dramatic gowns, the blonde model is a classic vision.
Lauren’s Mod Spring – Ralph Lauren was in a mod mood for his spring 2014 collection shown on the final day of New York Fashion Week. Sixties inspired minis paired with knee-high socks gave a retro spin to Lauren’s Americana aesthetic. Much of the collection played on graphic black and white with a mix of bold stripes, floral prints which appeared on trench coats and ties, and suiting. But then vibrant sapphire blues, canary yellows and scarlet reds were introduced by the way of daytime dresses and ruffle-adorned gowns. Closing the show was a red dress paired with an attached cape, showing the more glamorous side of the sixties.
The Jazz Star – Actress Renée Zellweger brings to mind her iconic role in “Chicago” for the May cover shoot of Harper’s Bazaar Russia, where she dons jazz influenced dresses. Photographed by Simon Upton (United Management) with styling by Michael Dye (United Management), Renée exudes pure elegance in gowns all from Ralph Lauren. Modern finger waves by hair stylist Ryan Trygstad and flawless makeup by Kristofer Buckle perfect the retro ensembles.
Ralph Lauren’s Dapper and Divine Fall – On the final day of New York Fashion Week, Ralph Lauren presented a fall 2012 collection of refined glamour inspired by English aristocrats in autumn hues of navy, black, grey, plum and gold accents. The first section focused on menswear inspired pantsuits with dapper tailoring and newspaper boy hats softened by feminine curves and eclectic patterns. As the show progressed, the garments became more feminine featuring slinky gowns in long and fluid shapes of satin and velvet. A bit of glitz appeared in the form of sparkling sequins and ostrich feathers, culminating in a stunning finale gown of gold lamé worn by model Olga Sherer.
Lauren’s Roaring Twenties – Ralph Lauren’s spring 2012 collection was inspired by 1920s, Great Gatsby silhouettes. From turn of the century pant suits to flapper dresses, the Lauren woman is a glamorous dresser for the new season. Embracing pastel hues, heavenly ivory and showy metallic, spring celebrates all things soft and feminine with floral prints, satin and feathered accessories.
Portrait of a Lady – A supermodel in her own right, Natalia Vodianova appears in the April cover shoot from Harper’s Bazaar Russia in old west inspired gowns from Ralph Lauren’s spring collection. In front of Bruno Barbazan’s lens, Natalia shines in the elegant looks styled by fashion editor Natalia Alaverdian.
Ralph Lauren did a complete 180 for his fall 2011 collection, following up an American west spring with a Chinese inspired autumn. Svelte and long silhouettes made an appearance on the runway in mostly monochromatic black and white, but color also showed up in the form of jade green and dark crimson. Dragon patterns embellished lustrous gowns and long coats for one dramatic display of luxury.
The western frontier serves as inspiration for Ralph Lauren’s spring 2011 outing. Complete with cowgirl jackets, frayed fringe and updated pioneer dresses, the new season is one of exploration. Balancing out the rustic aesthetic, more softer and feminine silhouettes also hit the runway with a few billowy floor length gowns closing the show.