Since jettisoning his sporty Black Label line last year, Ralph Lauren's upscale Purple Label collection has loosened up. Lauren unveiled his spring/summer 2017 menswear collection in Milan, and the look is fashion forward and a lot more casual than the luxury line once showcased.
For sure, Lauren still features impeccably tailored suits — both single and double-breasted — in brown, olive, gray and navy, though the fit is a bit more relaxed, with pleated high-waist, wide-leg trousers and unstructured jackets, and the look is tonal, with shirt and tie color matching the suit. Evening tuxedos look as crisp as ever, from the classic black peak lapel and white dinner jackets to zippy jacquard jackets in wallpaper designs.
But in a nod to the more casual way men are dressing nowadays, Lauren features a large number of sportswear combinations that are suited for after work and weekend wear. Bomber jackets in silver nylon or white polyester are made for knocking around while eye-catching sweaters in black-and-white Art Deco patterns — one displays the iconic Chrysler Building — make a fashion statement. For the man who is fearless about his style, a khaki jumpsuit that looks more like a flight suit is high-flying.
The casual look extends to footwear, with espadrilles in canvas or neoprene, leather sandals and suede sneakers accenting nearly every look. Even the formal wear features black velvet or linen slippers and a pair of black and white silk jacquard espadrilles really stand out.
And if all that isn't sporty enough, Lauren also introduced a surfboard made of the same burl wood found on the steering wheel of one of his treasured Bugattis, Women's Wear Daily reports.