Nobody does preppy chic like Ralph Lauren. His current home collections are totally aligned with what you'd expect from the man who styled Hollywood's version of The Great Gatsby
. Le Grand Hotel
is inspired by luxury resorts on the French Riveria, and La Plage
is inspired by the strip of shoreline just beyond the hotel steps.
It's classic summer style—blue and white, cotton and linen fabrics, and a healthy dose of wicker. The collections remind us of Nice in all its sun-drenched, overheated, and overcrowded glory. It's a style that's recognizable, friendly, and a little predictable—how many times and how many ways can one person do wideband navy blue stripes? Still, we love seeing it come around again every summer.
What do you think? Is this look distinguished or dull?
• Photos 1-5) La Plage Collection
• Photos 6-10) Le Grand Hotel Collection
Images: Ralph Lauren