As runways go, the main one at Ralph Lauren's fall-winter show on Thursday, the last day of Ny fashion week, would have been a true stunner.
A well-worn but beautifully laid parquet floor, illuminated by chandeliers, ran the size of the Skylight Studio within the Soho district where Lauren mailed 57 outfits that brought the British period drama "Downton Abbey" in your thoughts.
Into this whimsical English country house with the Hudson River appeared Fair Isle sweaters in green or taupe cashmere, brown ocelet-print shearling coats and brownish plaid jodhpurs.
Double-breasted tweed wrap coats were enlivened with scarlet or purple gloves -- or which has a peacock feather tucked insouciantly to the lapel.
Silk top hats lent an aura of foggy London town within the era of A virtual detective when matched with tartan wool coats, black pumps or boots, plus a debonair walking stick.
For additional formal occasions, Ralph Lauren saddled with the classic lines which make him a go-to designer for ladies across the U . s ., with a selection of strapless and halterneck evening dresses in black, fuchsia and gold lamé.
It will be easy to dismiss Ralph Lauren's vision as predictable, though the silver-haired 72-year-old son associated with an immigrant housepainter from Belarus had every reason to smile as they walked down that fine runway himself in a very light grey suit and tie to acknowledge a standing ovation after the show.
On friday, the publicly listed company that bears his name, and including the shop bought Polo brand, forecast a better-than-expected 20 % leap in sales this coming year in light of a third-quarter profit of $169 million -- proof positive of Lauren's endurance in the aristocracy of favor.