The craftsmanship of the 50th anniversary collection embodies luxury at its most intimate.

September 13, 2018

This season, the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary collection marks a milestone birthday by bringing to light that unmatched dedication to detail and artisanship. “I’m inspired by the timeless heroine who thrives on originality, creating her own personal style through an eclectic combination of influences,” Ralph Lauren has said.

Hand-treated velvets, which range from emerald and plum to English rose, bring a bohemian romance to the collection. To create this vintage feel, single panels of fabric were put through a laborious artisanal process in Italy. Another medium for capturing timeworn textures, leather plays a central role this season with options that demonstrate decades of wear, as if they had always been the favorites in a woman’s closet. Designed by hand, every patchwork pattern—from the gowns to the handbags—is different. An intricate mix of rich fabrics, including velvet and print jacquard, the patch placement is highly considered.

The decorative embroidery in the 50th Anniversary collection—which took specialized artisans in India and Italy a total of 1,509 hours—brings together patchwork pieces into unique patterns. It ranges from handmade patchworks embroidered with glass beads, metallic thread, overlapping sequins, and metal studs to hand-embroidered floral motifs.

The bohemian glamour of the 50th Anniversary collection also takes shape through complex hand-beading techniques. Layers of metallic sequins, polished stones, faceted jet and bugle beads, and crystals in topaz, hematite, and smoky hues adorn everything from gowns and skirts to sweaters and accessories.

Accessories may be among the final touches of a look, but they are certainly not the last to be noticed this season. A mix of styles, proportions, and materials makes for a series of dramatic statements that tell the story of a world traveler collecting new pieces along the way. The design influences range from antique Victoriana and Southwestern motifs to charms of stars and moons, horseshoes, flowers, and crowns—each crafted with cut-steal techniques, hand-set stonework, hand-engraving, or delicate enamelwork.

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