I have had an “affair” with Ralph Lauren for as long as I can remember. His designs are best described by Elle Decor as “one part Western cowboy, one part lord and lady of the manor, and one part Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey”. They are quintessentially American, they are timeless, and they hold their value. The affair began in the 80’s. We were building a home ourselves with two small children. There was not a lot of extra money for designer clothing. Anything I picked up came from Marshall’s, or Loehman’s and was heavily discounted. I still have a couple of his sweaters (with a few moth holes). I am happy to see this season he is reviving some of those styles that I cherished. Let’s take a look at my affair with Ralph Lauren.
RALPH LAUREN IN COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Ralph Lauren’s story is that of the American Dream. He was born Ralph Lifshitz to Jewish Immigrant parents. I am sure most of you are familiar with his story, I found this one in Cowboys and Indians to be an interesting read.
RALPH LAUREN AT THE MET GALA
The theme this year “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” was an opportunity for designers to celebrate the “ease and unpretentiousness” of American Fashion. By now everyone has seen the “sexy ranch hand” look worn by J Lo. You can read about the others who wore Ralph Lauren here. I love this look on Lily Aldridge.
His gorgeous daughter Dylan here.
Joan Smalls here
RALPH LAUREN’S COLORADO RANCH
I Could not find any recent magazine articles about Ralph Lauren’s Colorado Home. Elle Decor honored it here. Architectural Digest covered it here. House and Garden UK did a piece on it here. The most recent was a tour with Oprah in 2013. I would love to see it today, wouldn’t you? I know some of his campaigns are photographed there, so there are glimpses.
You can read Ralph Lauren’s history on Wikipedia here.
OUTFIT OF THE WEEK
I love that Ralph Lauren’s collections have many price points. I am featuring items from different collections although all have a relatively good price point.
I wore my old one until I had to throw it away.
RALPH LAUREN’S BEDFORD NEW YORK HOME
I Would love to see recent photos.
When we moved I finally let go of a few of my “dirndl” Ralph Lauren skirts that have been hanging in my closet since the 80’s. I am enamored with his new fall collection. You can view Ralph Lauren’s entire fall collection here.
Thanks for reading My Affair with Ralph Lauren. Are any of you Ralph Lauren fans? I would love to hear about it.
Now pop over and visit Mary Ann and Annie for their favorites. I can’t wait to see what they have to share!