How the West was Won

For Fall ’21, American fashion icon Ralph Lauren travels to the US Southwest for inspiration, and reveals a sandy, camel-coloured palette of hues for outdoorsy jackets, louche pants, fawn boots, and Santa Fe-inspired accessories.

Ralph Lauren's Fall'21 collection is inspired by the American Southwest

A blend of soft hues and neutral tones, Ralph Lauren’s Fall ’21 collection explores the elegance of subtle contrasts, with an outdoorsy, Western theme.

Ralph Lauren's Fall'21 collection with Santa Fe touches Ralph Lauren Fall'21

Fresh from his victory as official designer and outfitter for the US Olympic team at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Ralph Lauren has made a subtle shift from the Roaring Twenties that embodied his Spring ’21 campaign. Always in tune with outdoorsy themes – his Pre-Fall ’21 collection captured a very safari-inspired leitmotif – he now turns his attention to the desert landscape of the great American states of Arizona, Nevada, and Santa Fe – with their history of cowboy culture and influences from Mexico.

Ralph Lauren Fall'21 collection Ralph Lauren's Fall'21 collection with touches of plaid

The campaign features models Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls – where they are seen wearing timeless Southwestern influenced pieces – and was shot in a country manor, with the two playing with their dog, and enjoying nature outdoors. From fringed jackets to printed cardigans – in a neutral colour palette of earthy hues of chocolate, cream, and black – the pieces in Fall’s 2021 collection embody elegance and go from day to night without missing a beat.

Ralph Lauren's Fall'21, shimmery dress in neutral tones worn with a jacket Ralph Lauren's Fall'21 collection has touches of shearling

A subtle vintage inspiration occurs, when you look at the tailoring, which is sharp and modern. There are flashes of red, black, with chocolate and cream, with touches of shearling, mohair, fringes, plaid, and a few very pretty, wearable party dresses (paired with a warm plaid jacket of course).

It’s classic americana with a Southwestern flavour. Giddy up!

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