Darlings, do you recall the ensemble I’m wearing? This look is from one of those iconic Ralph Lauren ads that appeared in every fashion magazine in 1981. The ads were beautifully shot by legendary photographer, Bruce Weber, and featured the gorgeous model, Clotilde, wearing the Santa Fe Collection. The looks were inspired by Navajo prints and southwestern American classics.
Oh, those ads captured my fashion heart.
They were in sharp contrast to the slinky Studio 54 looks we were used to seeing a few years before. Ralph Lauren’s ads showed a reinvention of classic American style. The fashion looked so familiar yet the combinations of items and textures were done in a unique way. I adored the denim with suede, calico prints, furs and wool sweaters cinched at the waist with a concho belt. Today I may not wear a headband or moccasins with my ensembles, but it’s the layering and mix of elements that offer a springboard for lots of outfit ideas.
In the coming months I thought it would be fun to feature designers and looks that have inspired me through the years. I couldn’t think of a better designer to start with than Ralph Lauren, who is celebrating his company’s 50th anniversary!
From Diane Keaton’s menswear inspired looks in “Annie Hall,” to Gwyneth’s pink Oscar dress, Ralph Lauren has influenced the way millions of us dress. He has given us timeless looks that epitomize classic American style.
I think what we all love about Ralph Lauren is the relatable sophistication and the casualness of his clothes. I always feel a bit more confident and put together when I’m wearing Ralph Lauren.
It’s elegance with ease.
With that, I will leave you with a quote from the man himself. “My thing was always about individuality and about creating a world, because you don’t just wear clothes, you live a life. You have style. You project who you are.”
Great idea for a series! I like the Ralph Lauren style because of its casual, comfy and layered looks. And I remember getting my own Annie Hall looks back then! The thing about Ralph Lauren style is that you can do it yourself for not a lot of money.
Another lovely ensemble Hildie…
Ralph Lauren is the definition of classic, American style, and you’re so right that he makes elegance look effortless. I’ve always wanted a silver concho belt, but they’ve been out of my price range. They can dress up a brown paper bag! xoxox, Brenda
I saw all the posters about Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary when I was in Berlin this fall. I still have my original RL pinstriped navy blue suit from 35+ years ago. I can’t let it go. I wore it all the time to work. It still looks good, if shoulder pads were “in.” He is a true classic.
I wonder if you could get it tailored, Judy?
I love this look. My house in Colorado is 5 miles up the road from his amazing ranch. His style is classic and iconic and always all-Americanthanks for your amazing IG account
Cindy, I know that road. It’s a gorgeous part of the country! Brenda
Classic 80’s Ralph Lauren is such a great look, and yes, I do wear an updated version from time to time. Fun article with some memories thrown in!
I remember those ads so clearly! I got to meet him when he was standing outside of his Polo Ralph Lauren store in East Hampton wearing his tennis whites! I was so excited, probably scared the poor guy to death! He was very gracious. He has an oceanfront home in my town that is gorgeous!
LOVE YOU HILDIE!!!!!!