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Ralph Lauren's greatest hits: Eclectic fall collection highlights the luxe life

Ralph Lauren's greatest hits: Fall collection highlights the luxe life

Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 46
Ralph Lauren black heavy stretch jersey turtleneck, gold liquid mikado skirt, and black calf-high boots. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 35A fringe
A close-up of Ralph Lauren black suede motorcycle jacket with fringe, white broadcloth blouse, black wool pleated tuxedo pant, and black burnished calf Chelsea boot. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 43
Ralph Lauren crimson fluid suiting velvet evening gown with black calf-high boot. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 28
Ralph Lauren Prussian printed coat, white broadcloth shirting blouse, black silk jacquard pant, and black burnished calf Chelsea boot.
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage detail of gown
Detail of crimson gown has a royal touch. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 18
Ralph Lauren brown tweed patchwork coat, brown multicashmere dress, off-white silk marocaine shirt, and mocha calf suede Chelsea boots. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage gowns
Backstage at Ralph Lauren: gowns galore. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage detail of menswear look
Backstage at Ralph Lauren menswear look. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 46
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 35A fringe
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 43
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 28
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage detail of gown
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection Look 18
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage gowns
Ralph Lauren fall 2016 collection backstage detail of menswear look

For fall, Ralph Lauren is a man of many moods. The legendary designer usually presents a collection that is tightly focused on one topic — Downton Abbey, the French Riviera, a glamorous African safari. But his fall collection, which he debuted at New York Fashion Week, offers an eclectic range of looks for a variety of upscale lifestyles.

There's the English country look, exemplified by the opening number as supermodel Karlie Kloss appeared in a cashmere cardigan, silk blouse and baggy wool flannel trousers. There are 21 daywear outfits in the collection, featuring soft, cozy clothes in darkish shades of taupe, brown and olive. Actress Sienna Miller, sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour on the front row, seemed taken with the mid-calf tweed culottes and comfy patchwork coats.

Lauren always excels in menswear-tailored looks for women, and this time, he presented a range of styles, from the traditional — big-shoulder double breasted jackets worn with taupe shirt and tie — to the flashy — a black-and-gold jacquard tuxedo jacket with a black shawl collar stands out.

There's also  a rocker dandy edge to long velvet coats and ruffle white blouses worn with metallic jeans, a bit of Southwestern flair with blanket-patterned ranch coats and a fringe moment, with tweed capes and black suede pants dripping in swirling fabric.

For evening, Lauren returns to the elegance the brand is known for, with breathtakingly beautiful velvet evening gowns in crimson, amethyst and marine blue that evoke an old world feeling, while one of the closing numbers — a liquid gold Mikado evening skirt, worn with a black jersey turtleneck, showing a bare midriff — seems totally modern.

While the collection seemed a bit jumbled with so many varying looks, the message seemed clear: Lauren remains the master of luxe elegance — no matter what form it takes.