NY Fashion Week Spring 2018 Houston
New York Fashion Week

Ralph Lauren is in the driver's seat for a wild ride at opulent runway show

Ralph Lauren is in driver's seat for wild ride at opulent runway show

Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 48 Bella Hadid
Ralph Lauren Collection bright red nylon tulle skirt and bright red leather bustier. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 56
Ralph Lauren Collection racing yellow tulle skirt and black soft leather lamb jacket. Milk Digital
Katie Holmes, Jessica Chastain, Diane Keaton, Ricky Lauren, Dylan Lauren at Ralph Lauren spring 2018
From left, Katie Holmes, Jessica Chastain, Diane Keaton, Ricky Lauren, Dylan Lauren. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 45
Ralph Lauren Collection lacquer lamb leather trench coat. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 men's tuxedo jumpsuit
Ralph Lauren Purple Label men's formal jumpsuit. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 50
Ralph Lauren Collection black and blue double silk georgette evening gown. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 27
Ralph Lauren Collection black and white leather printed motorcycle jacket, turtleneck sweater, twill trouser. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren Collection bright red liquid Mikado evening gown. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 43
Ralph Lauren Purple Label dark grey down jacket over tuxedo. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren racing yellow glossy Mikado evening gown. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren makes his runway bow. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 13
Ralph Lauren Collection Glen plaid jumpsuit, mini houndstooth fabric pump. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 34
Ralph Lauren black wool tuxedo jacket and trousers, black steerhead cashmere turtleneck sweater. Milk Digital
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 48 Bella Hadid
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 56
Katie Holmes, Jessica Chastain, Diane Keaton, Ricky Lauren, Dylan Lauren at Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 look 45
Ralph Lauren fall 2017 men's tuxedo jumpsuit
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 50
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 27
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 43
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren spring 2018
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 13
Ralph Lauren spring 2018 look 34

Ralph Lauren stretched the boundaries of New York Fashion Week by hosting his fall 2017 runway show in the plush garage of his estate in the tony suburb of Bedford, about an hour-and-a-half drive from New York City. But it was worth the ride.

Such celebrities as Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes, and Jessica Chastain, the "face" of the new Ralph Lauren fragrance Woman, made the trek to "Ralph's Garage" to view the show, set on a runway that wound around several of the designer's classic cars. They stayed around afterwards for a seated dinner that featured such offerings as lobster salad and three burger options (beef, tuna, or veggie) from the menu of The Polo Bar, Lauren's chic Manhattan restaurant.

Lauren, an avid classic car enthusiast who made his runway bow at the end of the show in his version of a mechanic's jumpsuit, said the collection is inspired by his extensive (and expensive) auto collection. "I see them as moving art," he said in a statement.

Many of the styles matched the colors and shine of the surrounding cars, with glossy patent leather bustiers in Ferrari red, racing yellow, blue, or gunmetal metallic silver, paired with tulle skirts as evening wear, and a shiny red trench coat of lacquered leather.

A beaded black-and-silver mini-dress embellished with the number "8" inspired by a 1920s Bugatti from Lauren's personal collection evokes an art-deco grille motif while a black leather motorcycle jacket is paired with a bright yellow tulle evening skirt for an edgier look.

Lauren also showed menwear from his Purple Label collection, and some of them, too, had a race car theme, with leather biker jackets emblazoned with the words "Monte Carlo" or marked with racing stripes in silver, red and yellow. Formal wear looks for men ranged from traditional tuxedos to an intriguing one-piece black jumpsuit tuxedo worn with a white tux shirt underneath and a bow tie. 

As he has done for the past two seasons, Lauren offered the "runway-to-retail" collection immediately online and at selected Ralph Lauren shops and such retail stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Some accessories, including a houndstooth-fabric pump and the new RL Bucket Bag, were offered for sale even before they were unveiled on the runway. A number of daytime looks in the collection incorporate houndstooth and Glen plaid fabrics in a variety of styles.

In this video, Ralph Lauren talks about his collection and his love for vintage cars: