True style is seasonless – it never has to be harnessed to a specific moment. And yet, a modernity has to be conveyed through fabric, colour, design. Like all the best designers, Ralph Lauren can marry both the timeless and the ephemeral, which is why this season the American house launches the Curated Collection of Timeless Design. A selection of the most exceptional pieces in Ralph Lauren’s roster of elevated classics, the collection is universal – but each item is an invitation to personality.
Each of the 10 pieces, which take inspiration from Ralph Lauren’s personal sartorial tics, is worn by a fiercely individual, utterly striking series of characters in a campaign photographed by Steven Meisel. There’s the Tuxedo, elongated by the elegance of its narrowness, worn to stunning effect by the diaphanous-yet-dynamite beauty of the Danish model Frederikke Sofie. Then there’s the Sailor Pant, a wonderfully languid take on classic navy trousers, perfectly suited to the relaxed loveliness of the Boston-born Cameron Russell.
For those who like their marching orders on graceful terms, enter the Officer’s Jacket, shiny and buttoned and an instant injection of class, shown to stunning effect by Jacquetta Wheeler. For the urban sophisticate, the navy Peacoat, neatly cut on Fei Fei Sun; for the tomboy at heart, the British Warmer Coat, oversized and sensual on the fresh-faced, quintessentially Italian Vittoria Ceretti. Add to that an haute casual Safari Jacket, a gently rustic Army Jacket, and an ingenious take on the Fireman’s Coat, and you have a collection that semaphores the casual, easy sophistication of signature Ralph Lauren.
These stand-out pieces may steal the limelight, but they will be complemented by an arsenal of luxurious cashmere sweaters, buffalo-checked shirts, wool-flannel trousers and, of course, denim jeans. Equally at home are the Ricky handbag, slim equestrian boots and key Ralph Lauren timepieces, all chosen to enrich the collection’s elevated sense of ease and comfort.
In short, there’s a sleek polish to seasonless clothes, a quiet sophistication that suggests the woman wearing them is fully equipped with verve and individuality, someone who knows her own mind – and her own style. The collection is currently on sale at Ralph Lauren flagships and ralphlauren.co.uk. Take note. Because who doesn’t want a wardrobe that can adapt to the multiple finesses of modern life?