The pinnacle of style
This autumn will mark the 25th anniversary of Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label. To celebrate, the brand is looking to its most iconic references and collections, and reimagining each with exclusive Italian fabrics.
Part of the anniversary range will be a reissued capsule of tailored looks from the 1990s, including Ralph’s signature suit silhouette: strong and broad-shouldered, with wide lapels, balanced by a contoured waist. This also has a shorter length and lower button stance, recreated in the original English fabrics and patterns, with pattern-on-pattern combinations of classic chalk-stripes, houndstooths and glen plaids, and sophisticated heathers and solid blacks.
There will also be eveningwear, transforming the tuxedo into an array of silhouettes from the Ralph Lauren archive: a new take on the white-tie tailcoat of the 1920s and 1930s, engineered to elongate the line of the leg; a military officer-inspired coat featuring regal embroidery; a double-breasted peak-lapel jacket cut in the plushest black velvet; and classic single-breasted tuxedos that form the pillar of formal luxury attire.
For a less formal look, try tailoring in a rich palette of charcoal, brown, navy and olive, each rendered in supple suedes, velvets and exotic leathers, mixed with varying weights of Italian wool and super-soft cashmere. Relaxed silhouettes feature sharp suiting elements, such as flapped chest pockets, pleats, belted backs and throat latches, and there are novelty details, such as printed velvet and bullion embroidery.
Ralph Lauren himself said, “For Purple Label’s 25th anniversary, I wanted to recreate that tailored style I’ve always believed in – from the cut of the suit and the original fabrics, to the mix of patterns in the shirt, the tie and other accessories. Purple Label to me is more than just beautiful clothing, it reflects the personal style of the wearer, and a way of living inspired by timeless quality.”
Accessories round out the season with softly constructed, burnished leather goods in saddle-inspired colour combinations of black and brown. Find the collection in your nearest Ralph Lauren store soon.