Ralph Lauren, New York City
Just wanted to share a few (well, kind of a lot of) images from the time I spent in New York last month . . . and the great Fall windows at the two Ralph Lauren stores on Madison @72nd. The men's windows on the east side of the street - and the women's windows in the newer store on the west side of Madison. Olives. Tweeds. Hunting parties. Warm plaids. And a bit of clever window design as well.
The Men's window at 867 Madison were classic Fall hunting windows.
Lushly layered. Dramatic lighting. All good.
The Women's windows across the street at 888 Madison had a slightly more intriguing story to tell.
The pieces are all from the Fall 2012 Collection line.
I have images of the original runway show here.
It's not unusual for the window themes of the two store to be completely unrelated -
but, having both stores awash in tweeds and plaids made a really big impact!
The ladies windows had a little more of a story to tell -
because instead of simply setting the scene in a decaying fall garden,
the windows seem to be set on a theatrical stage representing a fall garden . . . .
heightening the 'theatre' of the outfits . . .
rigging ropes are clearly evident . . .
and the space is lit from vintage stage-set lighting fixtures . . .
The lighting throughout was incredible.
Dark and moody - but, with the clothes brightly lit . . . and the set behind them
just drifting off into a dark fall sky.
I especially loved this little side window on 72nd Street.
She's clearly waiting 'backstage' - the space filled with theatre props
and stage lighting. And I love the theatrical painted canvas backdrops
used in all of the ladies window.
(all photography, Scot Meacham Wood for Tartanscot)