Ralph Lauren channels English glamour at Fashion Week

Models display outfits during the Ralph Lauren show at Skylight Studio during the Fall 2012 Fashion Week Feb. 16, 2012, in New York. CBS/Getty Images

Models display outfits during the Ralph Lauren show at Skylight Studio during the Fall 2012 Fashion Week Feb. 16, 2012, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) Ralph Lauren sent models down the runway wearing the designer's rendition of English riding clothes, all to the music from PBS' popular British World War I era show "Downton Abbey."

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"I have always loved the heritage and romance of England. My collection for fall 2012 is about a modern glamour inspired by timeless character and refined elegance of an authentic way of living," Lauren said in an email to the Associated Press.

Models showed off plaid jodhpurs, houndstooth coats, Fair Isle sweaters and button-down shirts with contrasting white club collars - and ended in slinky evening gowns with jeweled collars.

There was variety in the silhouettes, with trousers for example ranging from wide-leg pleated pants to slim cuts, and tailored jackets, long and short. One of the most striking looks was an animal-print shearling jacket. The new version of the pantsuit was a below-the-hip lean blazer with skinny pants in the same plaid pattern but different scales.

The Ralph Lauren lady - and she is very ladylike even in man-tailored styles - relaxes at home in a black velvet smoking robe with a bright-red shearling collar, but when it's time for an appointment in town she looks like a million bucks in her black cashmere jacket, sequin-front cashmere sweater and high-waist pencil skirt.

Check below to see video from previous shows.


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