Ralph Lauren Tries Spanish Spice for Spring

Ralph Lauren looked to Spain for Spring '13 with a collection that seemed to take inspiration from Spanish matadors in a palette of teal, tomato red and black.

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Ralph Lauren—whose knockout Fall 2012 collection was inspired by a glitzy romp through the halls of Downton Abbey—turned his attentions to the south for Spring 2013, with a collection that seemed to take inspiration from Spanish matadors in a palette of teal, tomato red and embroidered black.
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Lauren's berets for the U.S. Olympic team may have set off some controversy this summer, but the accessory was more convincing on the runway. Here, Karlie Kloss rocks a beret with a wide-leg palazzo trouser in kelly green, a blousy black top and knotted red scarf.
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Lauren loves a good poncho, and this season, the designer gave the look a new twist by juxtaposing a rainbow-striped woven confection with a rigid black tux.
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Lauren takes care to include a bridal-ready white dress in each and every one of his collections. This season, he added a hint of Spanish flavor with a silky rose pinned to the hip of a romantic v-neck gown.
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A knockout strapless red evening look was anything but ordinary with swirling beaded embellishments down the bodice.
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A smart bolero jacket festooned in gold embroidery and beading added a matador vibe to a long, ruffled black gown.
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A flouncy black shrug and cocked matador cap gave this scarlet red v-neck gown a bit of Spanish swagger.
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Still, the collection wasn't entirely theatrical. In a season full of suits, this sophisticated black version with a slightly wider trouser was one of the best yet.
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Lauren put a luxe spin on a traditional serape by executing this floor-sweeping gown with a bustle of ruffles at the hip.
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Gowns may have ruled the runway, but there were still a hand full of shorter, sassier confections in the mix, like this jaunty red cocktail dress with a swishy full skirt.
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