PHOTOS: Ralph Lauren Delivers Russian Opulence And Oscars-Worthy Gowns

Trends come and go, but Ralph Lauren is forever.

Yesterday’s runway show was everything we have come to know and love about the quintessential American designer. We stepped inside from the brisk morning air and were greeted with a lavish bouquet of magenta and lilac blooms, Valentine’s Day chocolates courtesy of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and a trio of jaw-dropping antler chandeliers draped and dripping with crystals.

Once the show started, it was clear the designer had taken inspiration from the land of czarinas and “Anna Karenina”, though, as always, he kept to the house codes of luxurious, classic Americana. Perfectly cut wool coats were worn with trim black trousers, and high-necked collars were accented with silk ribbons tied in bows. One of our favorite looks of the lot — worn, naturally, by Karlie Kloss — featured a cream cable knit fisherman sweater paired with a floor-sweeping taffeta and organza skirt. Forget high/low dressing; day/evening is clearly where its at. A series of jewel-toned velvet gowns and maxi skirts brought a bohemian flair to the sophisticated collection, accessorized as they were with carpet bags, multi-stranded beads, and cozy looking beanies.

And as for the gowns we hope are en route to Los Angeles right now in preparation for the Academy Awards, there were two frontrunners: one deep purple velvet column that featured an ornate crystal neck and shoulder piece (Yoohoo, Michelle Dockery!), and the champagne tulle finale gown, which was taken to even more glamorous heights with a matching shearling capelet.

See photos and video from the runway show below:

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