EVO - Ralph Lauren debuted his first Polo women's collection on the last day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in Thursday (February 13), which until now only had a menswear line. A theme of Americana drove Lauren's Polo collection, shown as a snowstorm raged outside, featuring serape sweaters and a patchwork cardigan reminiscent of the red, white and blue sweaters Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic team. Lauren's Polo models sported electric green, orange and yellow over a black base, often a leather miniskirt over leggings, and hiking boots with 5-inch heels and bright red or orange laces.
The more upscale Ralph Lauren collection featured elegant cashmere and chiffon capes and gowns, some drenched in glistening beads, as well as jodhpurs, suede pants and Mongolian lamb coats, all in a single color of cream, mauve or gray. Turtlenecks, either cashmere knit or buttoned high or ruffled, dominated as did over-the-knee suede boots. The Polo collection's boyish looks felt somewhat recycled, while the pastels and soft colors of the signature collection were a refreshing change. Hundreds of designers showed their fall 2014 collections on runways and in showrooms across New York over the past week. Fashion shows now move to London, Paris and Milan.