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Ralph Lauren's mod world: Kicky collection has a Carnaby Street vibe

Ralph Lauren's mod world: Kicky collection has a Carnaby Street vibe

Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 08
Ralph Lauren black-and-white leather trenchcoat, black patent leather mini-skirt. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 26
Ralph Lauren lim ottoman ribbed sweater dress with matching Ricky 18 handbag and sandals. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 04
Ralph Lauren black/white cricket-striped peplum jacket, black short, white shirt. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 34
Ralph Lauren yellow leather jacket and mini-skirt. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 50
Ralph Lauren bright red V-neck evening gown. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 15
Ralph Lauren black/white Greek key sweater top and mini-skirt, with matching Ricky handbag. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 46
Ralph Lauren white silk cady dress. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 51
Ralph Lauren black leather evening gown. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 45
Ralph Lauren off-white jacket, vest and pant with white shirt. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 36
Ralph Lauren bright green leather coat and mini-skirt with black knit top. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 31
Ralph Lauren cobalt/black dress with matching Ricky handbag, Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 49
Ralph Lauren black double-breasted jacket and pant. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 30
Ralph Lauren bright green/black dress with black patent horsehoe handle tote. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 27
Ralph Lauren yellow ribbed sweater dress with matching Ricky 18 bag and sandals. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren Collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 08
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 26
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 04
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 34
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 50
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 15
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 46
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 51
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 45
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 36
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 31
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 49
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 30
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Spring 2014 Look 27

NEW YORK — In recent seasons, Ralph Lauren has visited Downton Abbey and exotic 1930s China as inspiration for his luxe runway line-up. For spring 2014, he travels to London, circa the swingin' '60s, for a collection that has a definite Carnaby Street vibe.

But Austin Powers, it's not.

While the iconic 73-year-old designer references some of the most obvious themes of the era — bold colors, geometric prints, short dresses, chunky heels, striped or checked suits, jaunty newsboy caps — he does in it in his own tasteful way.

 

For spring 2014, Lauren travels to London, circa the swingin' '60s. But Austin Powers, it's not.

The first third of the collection is all black and white as models walk to the John Lennon song, "Nobody Told Me," with the refrain, "Strange days, indeed." Lauren leads off with a model in a black long-sleeved mini with a white collar worn with black knee socks and black patent Mary Janes, and follows with more mini dresses, trenchcoats and jackets in stripes, florals and a Greek key pattern.

Lauren always does a bit of gender-bending with menswear looks; this time a three-piece black-and-white tattersall jacket, vest and slacks, with white shirt and floral tie, looks particularly snappy.

Then the collection dramatically switches gears with a series of bold, short, neon mini-dresses in yellow, green, blue, orange and red, often with matching purse and shoes. The wild colors are so bright that the models have to wear shades.

Lauren traditionally closes his collection with a series of smashing evening gowns — this time in bold, unadorned colors (the closer, a strapless red gown with a floor-length cape, is a real entrance-maker) and off-white shades. For the woman who is not into a gown, he offers an off-white jumpsuit with a plunging neckline, several elegant evening tuxedos and a Nehru jacket that manages to look surprisingly stylish.