By Jennifer Glickel
TRIBECA — Stepping into the Ralph Lauren runway show during the final afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Thursday was like walking into the wild west — his spring/summer 2011 collection featured stylized garments of a cowboy theme.
Fringes were everywhere in Lauren's collection, from pants to handbags to shirts. The color palette was neutral, including mostly beige and white.
Leather was big in this collection, along with lace and suede, and Lauren used them in a way that evoked a sophisticated spin on "Little House on the Prairie."
The gowns were in hues of silver and cream mostly, and were the least embellished and most spare looks of the collection.
Lauren's suits were mostly made from stitched patches of leather, adding to the cowboy effect.
"Vogue" editrix Anna Wintour was spotted in the front row of the show.
In the afternoon, an assortment of garments from a group of Argentinian designers was shown.
Many of the designs were in keeping with the themes that have carried through the shows at Lincoln Center all week: an emphasis on neutral tones and blacks, as well as flowing silhouettes.
In keeping with Ralph Lauren's horse-inspired designs, the Argentine show opened with models dressed as polo players heading down the runway in pony hide.
Designer Pablo Ramirez presented a unique collection of oversized bobbie hats and black and white quaker goth attire.
Marcelo Senra's collection was nature-inspired, with browns in the garments that were paired with natural jewelry.