Shop the interactive Ralph Lauren Fall 2019 RTW collection inspired by the elegance of early 20th-century nightclubs with reimagined black-tie dressing as a powerful expression of modern femininity.
“There’s no place to wear clothes anymore,” Ralph Lauren said. “So I’m creating one — a great place to see people wearing fashion. Life is the real runway.”
Stepping inside “Ralph’s Club,” the ballroom on Wall Street, where the designer held the Ralph Lauren Fall 2019 RTW runway show, was like stumbling onto a 1920s film set with elegant Art Deco chandeliers illuminated the room’s monochrome trimmings.
The collection featured a classically tailored silhouette, known as Le Smoking to the French, was the cornerstone of the collection. There were primary-color variations on the theme, too—satin tuxedo jackets in red, blue, and yellow—though the strongest were cut in classic black and white, including one that came with a luxurious velvet robe in place of a blazer.
Some looks were utterly classic; some incorporated tweaks — crystal-studded top coat over shirt and pants; tuxedo shirt sans jacket; primary-colored dinner jacket, tuxedo as vibrant two-piece evening gown, worn with wild, undone hair. Lauren worked in a smattering of body-con dresses, including a short black sequined number emblazoned with Martini Bear and a siren stunner in red.