There are few designers who represent American fashion like Ralph Lauren. Started in 1966 when Ralph Lauren set out to design a line of men's ties, the label has exploded to become an entire lifestyle brand. While there's no doubt that menswear still informs many of Ralph Lauren's designs, he finds inspiration in everything from Edwardrian England to Gatsby glamour to Spanish matadors.
But if there's one characteristic Ralph Lauren is known for for, it's drama. Collections that are introduced by expertly tailored suits or flirty and flared dresses will invariably transition into finales packed with feathers, fur, and a show-stopping lineup of eveningwear. It's time to forget the polo shirts (for now), and be transported to another place and time — courtesy of Ralph Lauren.