Summary: Clearly Ralph Lauren has been affected by the current recession and it got him thinking about the Great Depression, as is evidenced by his denim farmer meets cowboy collection for Spring '10. Never in a million years would I think Lauren would send a ripped pair of boyfriend jeans or faded overalls down the runway, but alas he did. He was inspired by "the character of
the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies."
Models strutted down the catwalk in newsboy caps worn with faded denim, sometimes paired with silk pants or ruffles. Some of the silk was manipulated to look like denim. There was even a denim 3-piece suit (denim tuxedo) for those who just can't get enough denim.
Much of this collection reminded me of Ralph Lauren in the 80's when he was staking his name as the great All-American preppy designer. It played out like a rags to riches move that started with cotton prairie dresses and dingy denim and by the end we were treated to some beautiful items including a wonderful pinstripped suit and a sliver lamé gown, but then there was another one (the last look) that almost looked like…overalls?
Color Palette: white, blush, denim blue, light blue, navy, silver, black
Fabrics & Textures: denim, cotton organdy, silk, charmeuse, lamé, beading
Key Looks: 3-piece navy pinstripped pant suit; black strapless cocktail dress; silver lamé dress; silver lamé gown
– Lauren Dimet Waters
Photos: NY Mag