Insta-Critic: Earthy Glamour at Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s collection stuck to earthy colors–but should you to think that took down the glam factor, you’d be wrong. The collection was full of sumptuous knits (think cable knit slim maxis), buttery leather suits, soft suede detailing, and plenty of fur for a rugged and refined vibe. And apart from the designer’s backstage embrace with Kanye West (a winning social media moment), that sequin slip dress, styled with epic trapper hat, takes the prize for the show’s most-instagrammed moment.

Uptown attitude e native american feeling at Ralph Lauren show #ralphlauren #nyfw @mffashion_com

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A finale featuring gowns and suits for evening

Menswear inspiration backstage at Ralph Lauren

Calling all winter brides @ralphlauren (Hat obligatory) #fashionflock @marieclaire

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Zanna Roberts Rassi singles out this look for winter brides

Sequins and fur for evening

An endearing backstage moment w #kanyewest and #ralphlauren #nyfw #nyc

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Best Kanye moment ever?

Ralph Lauren Polo Opens Chic New Store on Fifth Avenue

David Lauren and Bruce Weber. All images via Billy Farrell (BFAnyc.com)

The new Ralph Lauren Polo store opened in New York City with a solid fashion guest list, including Grace Coddington, Lauren Remington Platt, and Alessandra Ambrosio. The new store is on 711 5th Ave, New York, NY.

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Alessandra Ambrosio & Hilary Rhoda

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Grace Coddington & Bruce Weber

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Schuyler Sutton, Bridget Malcolm, & Marcy Barrett

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Henry Watkins & Corey Baptiste

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Jane Hitchcock

RALPH LAUREN POLO Grand Opening with BRUCE WEBER
Lauren Remington Platt 

 

STYLE SCOOP: Jessica Chastain’s Underboob, Fashion-Chasing Investors

Mergers and Acquisitions investors are looking to fashion brands for ideas of what to buy into these days, and fashion’s eyeing M&A back. Carven’s looking for investors, as are The Kooples.

Jessica Chastain poses for YSL Beauty’s first campaign of 2014 for the Manifesto L’Éclat fragrance, styled by Hedi Slimane in a very revealing Saint Laurent dress.

Italian leather handbag company Furla is making the push for lifestyle.

Fashion mourns Dolores J. Barrett, formerly Polo Ralph Lauren’s SVP Global Public Relations, who died at home on December 24. She kept her age private.

Style Scoop: Christian Dior Shoes, Insider Shopping at Capsule, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton

Catch up on the latest happenings in fashion and style:

Giambattista Valli is set to open its first store in Milan, to be unveiled during the city’s February fashion week.

Designer Francesco Russo heads to Christian Dior as the house’s new women’s footwear designer.

Ralph Lauren International’s (previous) president has tapped out. Daniel Lalonde had submitted his resignation in September.

Capsule Market Square is happening – this will be the tradeshow’s first open-to-the-consumer event. It’ll be open on December 14-15 at 82 Mercer Street, featuring goods from Creatures of Comfort, Want les Essentiels de la Vie, Mark McNairy, Nudie Jeans, Billy Reid, Maison Kitsuné, and others.

Condé Nast is getting into e-commerce, setting up a new online retail division within the company.

Marc Jacobs admitted to being nervous about leaving Louis Vuitton behind.

Ralph Lauren to Sponsor the Polo World Cup on Snow

While we’re all still coping with post-holiday depression, wealthy jetsetters across the globe are gearing up to attend one of the world’s most prestigious winter sporting events. The 2012 St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow will be held at the famed Swiss ski resort on the frozen Lake St. Moritz from January 26 through January 29. Ralph Lauren will serve as the USA team sponsor and the official outfitter for the tournament. 

In addition to producing the shirts that will be worn by the four competing teams (BMW and Cartier are fielding sponsors), the American fashion designer will also outfit all on-site staff and volunteers. The USA team will be lead by top polo player Michael Bickford, and for the first time, Ralph Lauren spokesmodel and polo superstar, Nacho Figueras (pictured here in his official St. Moritz Polo World Cup outfit) will hit the frozen field to represent.

Although show tickets start at an easy 50 Swiss francs ($50), you still need to pay your way to Switzerland.

FashionFeed: Alexa Chung for BFC, Nicole Richie for QVC

● In an obvious good move, British Fashion Council has tapped Alexa Chung to be their Young Style Ambassador. [Telegraph]

● Here’s a first look at Nicole Richie’s line for QVC. [Grazia]

● Ellen Barkin loves a body-hugging dress by L’Wren Scott so much that she has it in 12 colors. [The Cut]

● In case you missed it, watch the Ralph Lauren FW12 show in full here. [Fashionologie]

● Peep the NYFW edition of Sh*t Fashion Girls say, starring Derek Blasberg. [Fashionista]

● Downton Abbey paper dolls actually exist.  [Jezebel]

Video: Ralph Lauren Teams Up With OneRepublic for New Digital Campaign

 

To kick off the launch of Ralph Lauren’s new fragrance, The Big Pony Collection for Women, the celebrated brand has partnered with American rock band OneRepublic to produce a catchy new commercial. The video highlights pretty people doing all the high society activities that we imagine are part of RL land’s daily agenda, such as playing polo, sailing, drinking champagne, and driving really nice cars. The film, shot by acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber, also features an unreleased track by OneRepublic called "Life in Color." Peep it after the jump.

Ralph Lauren Reveals All-White Olympic Looks for Team USA

Off the heels of their partnership with the 2012 St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow, Ralph Lauren has just unveiled the Closing Ceremony parade uniforms and village wear for the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. As the official outfitter of Team USA, the American fashion designer opted for crisp monochromatic white in breezy silhouettes that would work just as well in the Hamptons. 

For women, the look features a white button-down with both the team and classic RL Big Pony logos on the chest, paired with a flowing midi skirt cinched with a striped belt. Men will wear a cotton shirt emblazoned with the aforementioned logos, along with white pleated slacks fastened by a striped silk belt. Dapper.

Check out RL’s complete 2012 Team USA uniform collection here

Photos via Ralph Lauren

10 Cyber Monday Fashion Deals to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday! Also known as the one day that you can spend unmentionable hours online shopping at work and not feel bad about it because you know that everyone around you is probably doing it too. It’s a time when top brands and retailers reward their computer-bound consumers with deep discounts across the web, creating the most convenient shopping experience, ever. Since this is also a perfect time to tackle some last-minute holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up ten stellar sales that are guaranteed to satisfy just about every fashionably inclined friend on your gift list.

1. AllSaints: Take 20% off all merchandise, including menswear, womenswear, and accessories when you enter promo code ALLSAINTS at checkout.

2. Shopbop: Spend $250 or more, take $50 off your order; spend $500 or more, take $100 off; spend $750 or more, take $150 off; spend $1,000 or more, take $250 off; or spend $1,500 or more, take $500 off. Use promo code BIGEVENT at checkout.

3. wonderMode: Take 20% off final purchase when you use promo code KZN6C2F1V at checkout. Deal ends at midnight.

4. DKNY: Take 28% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

5. Esprit: 40% off all items, including accessories.

6. Betsey Johnson: Take 40% off your entire purchase.

7. Ralph Lauren: Take 25% off reduced items, plus free shipping.

8. Adidas: Free shipping on all purchases, plus $15 off order $80 or more, $25 off orders $100 or more, and $40 off orders $125 or more.

9. Converse: Take 20% off all items, plus free shipping.

10. Nike: Take an extra 25% off clearance items with promo code ADVANTAGE. Sale ends Wednesday.