As Ralph Lauren celebrates it's 30th anniversary of the fabric division, it has introduced a beautiful line of fabrics for 2013. Creating lifestyles, the "worlds" of Ralph Lauren, is what these designs are all about. Antique documents are the inspiration for many of the patterns. Ralph Lauren focuses on the worn, well-loved appeal of vintage fabrics. Even the new designs reflect the softness of well used and loved antiques. The goods may be washed or printed complete with worn areas to reflect an aged look.
Glazed chintz (gasp! ) well, they call it "waxed linen," is in the line. It has a heavy shiny glaze that's applied with a screen print last in the production of the goods.
There are traditional red (called madder, it's a brownish red) white and blues and then pops of bright colors like orange and pink. There are some stunning linens, embroidered linens, patchwork, chunky textured silks, and drapable silks. Ikats are still going strong. (See my article on Ikats.. click here to learn more) The collection in indigo blue looks like it's traditionally dyed, just stunning.
The show stopper is a three yard panel of the tree of life. Screen printed on linen and sold as individual panels that depict the whole tree, this fabric has antiqued coloring. The tree "grows" up to the sky from water and earth and there are sea creatures (fish and crabs,) earth creatures (rabbits and deer,) and then an exotic bird is perched in the tree itself.
|Marianne Resman, VP of Product Development Ralph Lauren NY|
|Ralph Lauren indigo and sepia brown patterns|
|Ralph Lauren bright linens for Fall 2013|
|Exotic Bird from the tree of life panel|
|Crab and fish from the tree of life panel|