For the Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 collection, the designer paid homage to the sailing life, starting with the place where seafaring chic was invented, Deauville.

“My Women’s Collection for Spring 2016 is a modern expression of the glamorous spirit of the French Riviera,” said Lauren. It has a romantic rusticity, as well as a sleek and luxurious sportiness that represents the cool insouciance and understated style of the women who inspire me.”

He took a straightforward approach with navy and white in flowy skirts, bodysuits, jackets and, for a little twist on the classics, wide, pleated pants with ankle-cinching cuffs. The separates played to the sporty chic Lauren loves. Lauren turned unexpectedly bold with a graphic, giant-scale sailboat print in flashy primary colors that looked especially interesting as a high-impact detail on one leg of a pair of fluid navy pants. It had an unexpected modern-art feel that continued with more abstraction in a white dress and pants, each with a large, single spill of red or blue.

The collection featured intricately constructed evening gowns: in unexpected blue-and-white cotton shirting stripes, these took classic in a new direction, one of glam nautical appeal, especially worn as they were with a young, causal attitude.