Correction: This post incorrectly referred to the time period depicted in ‘Downton Abbey’ and has been updated.
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.
If you’re going to do a Downton inspired collection, show us some Sybil and Mary...don’t show me no Edith.— John Jannuzzi (@johnjannuzzi) February 16, 2012
Though the last parade of cocktail dresses may have fit even the Countess of Grantham, if she were willing to show some skin.
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.