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Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren flew the American flag today with a red, white, and blue-colored collection, while serving an elegant take on the seaman’s uniform.

The Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection opened with an exceptionally tailored pair of trousers—high waisted, loose, and tapered at the ankle with button cuffs reminding of the sleeve hem of a shirtdress. Breton striped shirts soon followed on cut-out blue and white bodysuits and pullovers. One hiccup came in the form of a fishtail skirt with flyaway organza detailing from hip to hem—it had a distinctly bridal feel and seemed at odds with the independent undertones of the collection. The misstep was forgotten when a pair of color blocking palazzo pants swooped down the catwalk; these served as a prelude to Mondrian-inspired graphic shirts, a trench, and ballgown dress.

But if the colors were explosive, they soon quieted down to give way to a slew of off-white looks to clean the palette. The stripes came out again to drive home the nautical theme in the finale; this time, they criss-crossed up and down fabric on deconstructed ballgowns and floor-sweeping jumpsuits and dresses. And truthfully, the technique created an optical illusion that left this reporter cross-eyed.

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