Ralph Lauren's Latin Love Affair

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The Clothes: Ralph Lauren is always quite literal with his inspiration. Last season it was the English countryside by way of Downton Abbey and before that it was the Far East. This season he was feeling the Latin love. "I am forever inspired by faraway exotic places," Lauren tweeted before his show. "I may never have traveled there, but in my imagination it is real."

Models were toreadors from Spain right down to the embroidered gold boleros and red bandanas tied at the neck. They were Spanish señoritas in belted midi-length silk and lace dresses. There were suede poets blouses that immediately recalled Seinfeld's puffy shirt. South and Central America were represented, too. There were Mexican blanket inspired prints on wraps, dresses and a serape top. Ruffled party dresses had a Rio vibe.

If at times the inspiration felt too literal, the eveningwear hit the perfect balance. Front row attendees Olivia Wilde and Jessica Alba would look stunning on the red carpet in any of those liquid evening gowns.

The Hair & Makeup: For all but a few looks, hair was hidden by Cordobes hats or slouchy red and black berets. Makeup was minimal, cheeks were flushed.

The Soundtrack: Latin. Duh.

The Vibe: Ralph Lauren's shows are always always elegant. A classy way to end fashion week, every time.

The Front Row: Ryan Lochte, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba (who was adorably taking iPhone pix the whole time).

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz

WTF Moment: Even though we didn't see it, when Ryan Lochte touched Anna Wintour's knee. Also when Karlie Kloss fanned herself with her fan-shaped clutch on the runway. She's on another level.

Photos: IMAXtree