The Army Field Jacket, worn by Stella Tennant (accompanied by daughter Iris)
The ultimate field jacket in soft cotton-blend twill is based on the M-1943 field jacket worn by American soldiers, first given staple status in Ralph Lauren’s spring 1975 collection. Let this soft-yet-structured classic be the master and commander of your wardrobe.
The British Warmer, worn by Vittoria Ceretti
The camel overcoat as a chic winter signifier isn’t going anywhere. One of the first coats Ralph Lauren designed for women in the early Seventies, based on an officer’s regulation greatcoat, the design makes use of camel hair from a British mill that’s almost 250 years old. Aficionados know this is a prize buy.
The Fireman’s Coat, worn by Alicia Burke
Based on a genuine Seventies fireman’s jacket, this design has been a hit since it appeared in Ralph Lauren’s autumn 1974 collection in a utilitarian, lightweight form. Today, new life is breathed into the timeless go-to thanks to polished lobster-claw closures, a luxurious lambskin trim and sturdy cotton twill.
The Peacoat, worn by Fei Fei Sun
Elevated by signature RL- and anchor-engraved buttons, and a modish, gently flared silhouette, Ralph Lauren’s pea coat is imbued with a seagoing practicality. First mined in the Nineties and expertly developed for the spring 2006 Maritime Glamour collection, it’s a romantic wardrobe fundamental.
The Officer’s Jacket, worn by Jacquetta Wheeler
The ceremonial pomp conveyed via an officer’s jacket still prevails. Ralph Lauren’s gold-spun embroidery, elegant trim and brass buttons imbue its modern day interpretation with a renewed allure.
The RL Blazer, worn by Lady Jean Campbell
The double-breasted blazer’s future as a heritage piece starts here. Synonymous with one of Ralph Lauren’s favourite eras, the Thirties, the overlapping front flap originally derives from 18th-century military tunics, which allowed a right-handed swordsman to swiftly withdraw his blade from the left hip. Wear it with only the lowest button fastened at the right – a louche update to this smartest of styles.
The RL Safari Jacket, worn by Margaret Qualley
A pillar of summer style, Ralph Lauren designed his first cotton safari jacket for women in the early Seventies, later transposing it to the catwalk for spring 1984. Fuelled by the dream of an authentic African safari, today’s iteration provides a future-proof foundation for everyday chic thanks to slouchy lamb suede and statement top-stitching.
The Sailor Pant, worn by Cameron Russell
Sweeping strides have always semaphored a relaxed grace. This naval surplus design in wool-crêpe gabardine, punctuated with a bib-buttoned front, is no exception. Pair it with a go-anywhere, do-anything striped shirt for maximum composure.
The Tuxedo, worn by Frederikke Sofie
Ricky Lauren, Ralph’s wife and muse, famously wore a tuxedo to the 1977 ceremony where her husband won his second Coty award for womenswear. Universally flattering, the dinner jacket continues to confidently punctuate any evening look, often with an effect that’s sexier, as Ralph Lauren once observed, than a girl in a gown.
The Tweed Jacket, worn by Lulu
Ralph Lauren’s first collection of jackets for women, for autumn 1972, offered numerous takes on Harris Tweed, ranging from equestrian hacking jackets to versions more at home on a member of an English country estate’s shooting party. The herringbone jacket has everlasting appeal; this year, watch it morph into a softer, more relaxed shape.