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Pinned on December 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm by HandbagDiva
I had the opportunity to view this book in the store and it is gorgeous. Gigantic glossy photographs, many of Ralph Lauren and his family. I was waiting for this book to come out because I am a huge Ralph Lauren fan. That said, in my mind, I sort of thought this book would dissect his fashions over the past four decades. While his styles have the reputation of being timeless, the designer certainly has evolved and a book that started with his ties to his initial designs, perhaps examples of the tweed jacket he bought for his wife, etc. then moving to the polos, Blue and Black Label, Home and lifestyle, that would have made a fantastic book. This is not quite a book on the evolution of Ralph Lauren designs over the past four decades. This is more a collection of very beautiful photographs and some editorial. It is beautiful, no question. But had I purchased it sight unseen, I would have been expecting a different book, a forty year retrospective, with initial designs, runway, retail versions, fabrics, British lifestyle influences, etc.
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First….This is an AWESOME book. No doubt about it. It is HUGE. It weights 14 1/2 pounds!!! It is really beautiful. The photos are just what you’d expect from Mr. Ralph. Sweeping, grand and elegant. There are over 700 photos..Large and small. Not a lot of text but enough to keep you well wrapped up.
BUT….Well…Really 2 buts….I am a HUGE fan of Lauren’s western vintage inspired line of clothing called “RRL” or “Double RL”. Have been since 1993. Was a little let down that there are only about 8 pics related to this line which Ralph admits many many times is his true passion and love in his vast empire of styles and brands. On the upside…There are LOTS of photos from the first western collection in 1979 that was really the groundbreaking for all his RRL and Western/Roughwear/Santa Fe collections since. Many not seen in some 25 years. AA++ on that.
SECOND BUT….There are little to NO STORE photos. Inside or out of the shops. In my humble opinion…This is about 75% of Lauren’s pure gift. HIS STORES!! There are unlike any other stores in the world!! Th sheer scope that each store has..It’s own style depending on it’s location, the accents, the style direction, etc. You can spend hours just wondering through his stores in awe. MAJOR minus in this book. DDD—
Upside again….There are many many photos NEVER published before. Most from early ad spreads. Lauren’s early ads were often 15 to 20 magazine pages long…Like mini movies. Remember them all quite well from my early adulthood. Very nice to see new/old images. AAA+++
OVERALL…Excellent book. We all know Lauren could have (without any effort due to the wealth of material to draw from) split this book up into 3 or 4 or even 5 volumes. His life, the stores, the ads, the designs…hell….even the millions of dogs just used in his ads alone could fill a 200+ page coffee table book. I guess to totally cover all the Lauren aspects, you’d need a 30 pound book!
If you and Mr Ralph are very very close friends. You will WANT this book. Well worth the hefty price. Thanks Mr. Ralph for 40 years of letting us live our movies with you as the director, scripter and set designer. GREAT RIDE!!
P.S. You will need a REALLY BIG and REALLY strong coffee table for this book. Take my word.