Thursday Styles has an article about the Hampton Classic that might just be the best reading the Times has to offer today. The piece focuses on rich girls and their horses, and sheds a lot of light on why equestrian fashion never really goes out of style. And of course, the first two words in the article are Ralph Lauren:
"RALPH LAUREN was lying on the grass in the late afternoon sun, eyeing the willowy teenage girls, flushed from humidity, cantering their steeds. Clad in an orange Polo shirt, Ralph — the Yorkie, not the noted designer — was but one of many preppy attendees of the Hampton Classic horse show, where it actually feels appropriate for a dog to wear a collared shirt rather than a collar."
Doesn't it seem like the traditional clothes sported during the leisure activities of the wealthy - horse racing, polo, hunting, etc. - are having a big moment right now in fashion? First you have Kate Moss wearing those understated Hunter boots at Glastonbury, and now we're seeing jodphurs, houndstooth, and tartan all over the place. Pretty soon NYC hipsters will be indistinguishable from the English landed aristocracy. They'll be like "Oh, are you going to the secret White Magic show"? "No, I'm going to Wimbledon. Cheerio!" --ALISON COOL