New York, NY — Born in the Bronx, iconic designer Ralph Lauren made a triumphant comeback to New York Fashion Week after a four-year hiatus, this time taking over the borough of Brooklyn. The extravagant event drew A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Diane Keaton, Mindy Kaling, Gabrielle Union, James Marsden, and many others.
From California to Brooklyn
Last year, Lauren showcased his creations at the grand Huntington Library in California. However, he returned to his New York roots for Friday’s show, held in a spacious warehouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, transformed into a reimagined artist’s loft. The venue was adorned with rustic wood, draped canvases, and glittering chandeliers, creating a unique atmosphere.
Christy Turlington Steals the Show
The runway show featured Lauren’s Spring 2024 women’s collection, with none other than Christy Turlington closing the event. The 53-year-old supermodel graced the catwalk in a one-shouldered gown in shiny gold. Lauren, known for his blend of luxury and casual styles, showcased sleek metallic looks, lacy evening dresses, and his signature denim pieces. Among the denim highlights were a long floral embellished denim skirt and a jean jacket adorned with rhinestones, feathers, and embroidery.
Ralph Lauren’s Vision
In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Lauren explained that his designs cater to women who “dress for who she is on a particular day.” This collection, he noted, drew inspiration from individuality, allowing women to express themselves through color, texture, and contradictions. This marked Lauren’s first NY Fashion Week show since 2019.
Front-row guests included Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Diane Keaton, and Amanda Seyfried, with Keaton enthusiastically grooving to the music. The audience also featured actors Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Mindy Kaling, among others. Thom Browne, a fellow designer, was seated near Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
An Evening to Remember
Following the fashion show, oversized barn-like doors opened to reveal a massive room inspired by Lauren’s Colorado ranch. Long tables were adorned with pink roses and candles, where guests enjoyed a lavish meal featuring lobster salad, filet mignon, and grilled branzino.
A Personal Connection
Mindy Kaling, in an interview, expressed her connection to Ralph Lauren, as her immigrant parents considered wearing his designs a symbol of success. Rachel Brosnahan praised Lauren’s commitment to sustainability, highlighting the longevity of his creations. Model Sofia Richie commended the designer’s unwavering consistency over the years.
Ralph Lauren’s return to NY Fashion Week in Brooklyn was a star-studded affair filled with fashion, elegance, and a touch of nostalgia.