DESIGNER: Ralph Lauren
INSPIRATION: A recent trip to China
TOP LOOKS: A white dolman-sleeve blouse with slim trousers was a lovely opener; Shetland tweed blazer with shearling lapel and velvet black dress with beading; silk jade evening dress on longstanding house beauty Valentina; merlot-hued one-shoulder velvet top with crystallized sleeve and a full black maxiskirt
ACCESSORIES: Jade jewelry galore; velvet, satin and lacquer heels in shades of red and black; evening bags adorned with jade; shearling clutches
WHO WAS THERE: The full Lauren family -- including wife Ricky, daughter Dylan, sons Andrew and David (with bride-to-be Lauren) -- plus all the editorial heavyweights
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Lauren's recent sojourn to China served as starting point for the collection shown today, and real-life-to-runway translation was pretty literal. Each look featured jade jewelry and a red lip, and there was an embroidered cape and round-eyeglasses combo that was straight outta Shanghai. But while these parts of the show seemed overly costumey, the clothes spoke for themselves. Underneath the styling were luxurious separates that could stand the test of time: black leather jackets, turtlenecks, pencil skirts, smart silk tops, menswear-inspired trousers, and a smattering of LBDs that will never go out of style. The closing looks were a stunning array of Lauren's signature gowns, many adorned with crystals and channeling Art Deco elegance.