Confession: I have not seen Downton Abbey (or at least more than half of the first episode--sorry I fell asleep!). This is increasingly becoming a problem. I can barely talk to anyone anymore because we cannot discuss Downton Abbey. At the Victoria Beckham show I remember overhearing Glamour's Cindi Leive discussing the show with her seat mate. That is how much of a thing it is. So the whole week I was waiting for Downton Abbey references in the collections but it wasn't until the last day that one showed up. And in a big way.
Ralph Lauren opened his fall show to the theme from the hit British period drama and the weary crowd of editors literally squealed with delight. Some Tweets from the fashion pack as evidence: "Ralph Lauren is taking us to Downton Abbey for Fall and we couldn't be happier," from Harper's Bazaar; "The theme song of Downton Abbey heralded the start of the Ralph Lauren show and my heart swooned," from Derek Blasberg; and "A little mortified by how excited I got hearing Downton Abbey theme song at Ralph Lauren," from Style.com's Meenal Mistry. And who better than Ralph, who has that whole English countryside style as part of his brand DNA, to take it on. Models were dapper gents to start in tweeds and plaids, fair isle knits and houndstooth coats, all topped off with bowler hats. Then they retired for brandy and cigars in velvet smoking robes, top hats, and canes.
But it wasn't costume: This is Downtown Abbey for today's posh lady, and when she goes out to a charity dinner or red carpet event she'll have plenty to choose from. There were classic silk and satin black evening gowns embellished with gold--one even came with an ostrich feather cape. And for a statement, try the fuchsia one.
I promise I'll watch Downton Abbey now.