A person-to-person call from Jeffrey to Ralph Lauren…
Is this Ralph? Oh… Hello, Ralph, I wanted to tell you that in my eyes you are the king of kings and for 99% of the design community in NYC, you tarnish them all and make them hang their heads in shame.
So, Ralph, I wanted to know how do you take the same puzzle parts year after year and always come out with a new image and direction? How can you deliver an almost entirely black collection and make it look so light, refined, and classy? I noticed your nods to dandies and foppishness and the Byronesque quality to the collection as well as the play of proportions that you do so well. How can it be that you do it so effortlessly and so many of the new kids don’t have a clue?
And, Ralph, I saw that there was a Poiret moment in the evening pieces and also that you practically abandoned your tweeds and plaids, which was a nice change and yet you are so loyal to your brand’s DNA. You offered so many alternatives in pant shapes, skirts, and dress silhouettes, and yes, I loved the more severely waist-accentuated looks. You really are such a genius to have only accented the collection with white and a touch of red and that creamy vanilla shade… it all looks so incredibly beautiful and relatively accessory-free. I am loving that you used hosiery, loving the sane shoe wear.
Ralph, one last thing, I am sorry I took up so much of your time and I so appreciate you listening to me gush. I salute you and the other Ralph. You two make me proud to be part of this business and so privileged to partake in what you both do!
…Hello?… Hello?… Your call has been disconnected!… I wanted to say Mazel Tov! | Jeffrey Felner
pictures courtesy Giovanni Giannoni