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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Ralph Lauren channels ‘Downton Abbey’

With all of the tailored dress coats and ornate fabrics on runways and celebrities these days, it was no surprise to “Downton Abbey” fans when an official fashion week nod went out to the exquisitely beautiful style of the PBS drama. The fact that it was one of the last shows of the week was perhaps the shocking part. But then, who could pull off a 21st-century take on the 20th-century English style better than the king of classic sportswear?
(Bebeto Matthews - AP)

Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2012 show opened to the theme song of ‘Downton,’ with models in plaid, skinny trousers and narrow cut blazers. The scene is much more adept for Lady Edith’s driving adventures rather than the garden parties and formal dinners that Lauren’s Spring 2012 show would have outfitted perfectly.

Lucky Magazine editor John Jannuzzi likewise thought the collection was more middle Grantham daughter than glamorous Lady Mary.

Though the last parade of cocktail dresses may have fit even the Countess of Grantham, if she were willing to show some skin.

(Frazer Harrison - Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
There were a few standout evening gowns, including a full-length gold piece with fan detailing and high, although halter, neckline. See more photos below.
(Timothy A. Clary - AFP/Getty Images)

(Timothy A. Clary - AFP/Getty Images)

Last season we saw several trends that appeared to be plucked straight from the show’s costume department. Midi-skirts, crystal headpieces, empire waists, light florals and beading appeared everywhere in collections from Dries van Noten to Badgley Mischka and Ralph Lauren. See the comparisons in the gallery below.

By Cara Kelly  |  06:34 PM ET, 02/16/2012

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