There's plenty of glamour to be had all around during fashion week. But, it's an expectation that Ralph Lauren's runway show will be an especially glitzy affair. For the brand's Fall 2019 collection, Ralph Lauren of took that idea and went above and beyond. The show was staged in Ralph's Club, an art-deco style nightclub inspired by New York during the jazz age. And the clothing fit the evening retro theme, with models both in suits and elegant, slinky dresses. As lively jazz played in the background, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Taylor Hill, and Joan Smalls walked the runway. Janelle Monae performed as actor Henry Golding cheered her on: the golden age is alive and well.
Since Ralph Lauren first began in 1967 (as a tie brand, no less) it has been considered an arbiter of American style. That means jeans, polos, and luxe knits, but it also includes formalwear. Much like Lauren's brasserie-set show last season, for fall Lauren leaned entirely into black-tie dressing, "I've always loved the way a woman looks in a tuxedo, from my first women's collection until now," Lauren explained via release. "My Fall 2019 Women's Collection celebrates that timeless style, more relevant than ever, for the modern woman who is both independent and glamorously contemporary."
Embellishments like beads, feathers, and sequins appear throughout the collection. As for color, unsurprisingly, the collection largely focused on monochromatic black and white, but pops of maroon, yellow, and blue were also part of the equation. Though the looks all largely spoke to the elegance of a bygone era, the modern interpretations were slick, slinky, and entirely wearable. Whether you consider yourself a suit person, or a gown is your style — Ralph Lauren's new collection is a reminder to celebrate the art of dressing up. See more below.
Model Taylor Hill sported black suit pants with a crimson double-breasted suit jacket and bow tie. Simple droplet pearl earrings touched on one of this year's top jewelry trends, but in an understand and elegant way.
A strapless, black gown is as classic as it gets, but Lauren updated the style for the latest collection. Soft pleating of the skirt along with the style's soft sheen made it the perfect night out piece. The elegant simplicity also made it ideal for pairing with accessories, in this case a thin waist belt and sparkly Art-Deco drop earrings.
Gigi Hadid's tuxedo-inspired ensemble was styled with a rich, shimmery silver coat instead of a traditional blazer. This more deconstructed suiting look, with cummerbund included, has a masculine touch while still feeling fresh.
One surprise for the night: the appearance of the brand's iconic Polo Bear, emblazoned across the front of a slouchy, black turtleneck. Though such a sweater may seem more of a daytime choice, the styling — underneath slouch tuxedo separates — gives it the ultimate cool after-house feel.
Bella Hadid's floor-sweeping red gown embodies traditional black-tie elegance. The plunging neckline and cinching at the waist both offer a modern take on traditional 1920's elegance. The deep maroon hue is a move away from many of the collections monochromatic looks, but still fits the theme.