ATX New York Fashion Week spring 2016
New York Runway Report

Ralph Lauren's Riviera-inspired spring 2016 collection exudes relaxed elegance

Ralph Lauren's Riviera-inspired collection exudes relaxed elegance

Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection backstage
Backstage at the Ralph Lauren show, models are in an array of styles. Photo by Ashby Group
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Ralph Lauren Collection white silk cady jumpsuit with natural canvas and red calf E/W turnlock tote. Photo by Ashby Group
Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain at RalphLauren spring 2016 runway show
Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Chastain at the Ralph Lauren show. Photo by David X Prutting/bfanyc.com
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 45
Ralph Lauren Collection blue/white cotton broadcloth shirting stripe jumpsuit and natural woven raffia cork platforms. Photo by Ashby Group
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 30
Ralph Lauren Collection navy leather jacket, blue luxury oxford shirt, saddle leather short, and tan calf platform sandal. Photo by Ashby Group
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 15
Ralph Lauren Collection navy silk sweater, ivory cotton polo shirt, navy lightweight cady pants, and ivory woven raffia cork platforms. Photo by Ashby Group
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 2
Ralph Lauren Collection ivory vintage cotton herringbone jumpsuit, navy raffia crochet Ralph tote, and tan calf cork platform with stripe webbing. Photo by Ashby Group
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 29
Ralph Lauren Collection saddle leather jacket and cropped pant, with navy linen shirt and tan calf cork platform with stripped webbing. Photo by Ashby Group
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection backstage
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 36
Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain at RalphLauren spring 2016 runway show
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 45
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 30
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 15
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 2
Ralph Lauren spring 2016 collection look 29

Even though it's barely fall, Ralph Lauren is ready for a spring holiday to an exotic overseas destination. How about the south of France?

No one does relaxed elegance better than Lauren, and the designer was at the top of his game on the last day of New York Fashion Week, with a warm-weather collection that had front-row celebrities like Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain, and Alec Baldwin ready to renew their passports and book a flight.

Working with a color palette primarily of red, white and blue, Lauren presented a number of casual combinations, from an all-white shirt and pants ensemble with red woven raffia cork platforms to jumpsuits of varying lengths in shiny navy lame, vintage ivory cotton, and white silk with a winding red stripe.

Pants either hug the ankle or billow out pallazo-style in contrasting shades or with the outline of a sailboat. Crisp jackets in linen canvas or luxurious wool crepe vary from short and cropped to nearly mid-thigh. Even gowns made from striped shirting fabric or body-hugging viscose in bold red or cobalt blue with cutouts at the midsection continue the stylish laid-back attitude.

"It really brought us the spirit of French chic style and elegance," Harper's Bazaar executive fashion and beauty editor Avril Graham said. "I had a feeling I was being transported to the Riviera, with a smattering of Deauville in a tad vintage way too.

"They're the sort of clothes that women want to wear — flattering to the body, nipped into the waist, with the flirty skirts, the stripes, the clean whites, the gorgeous platform shoe moment. Ralph really understands his customer like no one else."

Midway through the runway show, Lauren introduced jackets, pants, shirts, and blouses in a lightweight tan saddle leather paired with navy accents. "It's the chicest color combination," said Graham, who will be in Dallas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NorthPark Center on October 8.

"For me Texas is the epitome of the spirit of America. As a foreigner, it always feels good to be back," she said in her crisp British accent.

Fans won't have to wait long to buy certain items. A curated collection of runway looks is available now on the Ralph Lauren website.