In this thread, we've talked about Ralph's models scowling instead of smiling: it's nice that Ralph usually looks happy in his pics. Maybe I'm simple (okay, I'm simple), but, in general, I like to see people happy and, in ads for clothing, I like to see people who seem happy in the clothes. The last thing I need in life is an angst-inducing pair of chinos.Considering today's cover picture, I find myself further convinced that Ralph is his own very best salesman! He and his wife were born to live in and enjoy those casual styles...they look content/perfectly natural. When I buy Ralph's stuff, I'm in fact buying Ralph and the way he looks wearing his own designs. Although, I think he might have sacrificed just a bit too much cowhide in the crafting of that belt!
I would probably have told you for years - and sincerely believed it - that I bought Ralph's clothes simply because I like the clothes, but I've probably "absorbed" the entire Ralph Lauren mystique. We all know he's a Jewish kid from Brooklyn and not a to-the-manor-born WASP, so for this American mutt, "born to" a slapdash 900-square-foot ranch house, on a nondescript street, in a pedestrian town, in New Jersey (for God's sakes), maybe I like the American-Dream gestalt of Ralph's world too.
Heck, I love just walking around his flagship Rhinelander mansion because it's all so beautiful and old worldly. Am I buying a small piece of that when I buy a Ralph tie - yes, no, maybe, I don't know, probably, sure.