Ralph Lauren used his New York Fashion Week show to prove that when it comes to rocking a masculine wardrobe, women have it covered.

The US designer debuted an Autumn/Winter 2016 collection that fused sharp, masculine tailoring with fluid lines to create an individualistic approach to next season’s ready-to-wear.

“For my Fall 2016 Women’s Collection I was inspired by a woman who dares to be herself,” Lauren explained. “By day her style is effortless and sophisticated in languid menswear. At night, she transforms herself with the bold spirit of a cool rocker imbued with a modern romanticism.”

The transformation unfolded in a linear fashion on the catwalk, with the opening looks focusing on tweed trousers, button-down cardigans, fishermen’s sweaters and double-breasted blazers. The colour palette of olive greens, slate greys and sombre beiges called the countryside to mind, while V-neck jumpers and tweed pencil skirts bore more than a whiff of the school headmistress and a mahogany-hued suede suit conjured up pure 1970s nostalgia.

The suede, as it turned out, was merely a hint of what was in store, as the languid androgynous New York Upper East Sider retreated and the spirit of the romantic rocker took over, clad in pussy bow blouses, fringed flares and theatrical velvet overcoats to boot. Jacquard jeans, cowboy belts, nipped-in tuxedos and frilly cuffs came together in a swaggering explosion of daring, with hair and makeup kept conscientiously pretty to counterbalance the statement at hand.

However, for clients not quite ready for fringed flares there were some appeasing red carpet-worthy looks to round off the show. These came in the form of a pleated red slip dress slashed to the navel, a midnight blue one-shouldered gown and a shimmering satin green fishtail number that were entirely and indisputably womanly, yet retained some of that rock and roll pizzazz. – AFP Relaxnews