Ralph Lauren, 1983

From Ralph Lauren’s Spring 1983 campaign photographed by Bruce Weber

“Another worthwhile collection this week was Ralph Lauren’s. Smaller in scope than the Beene clothes, it made a definite statement with considerable style. ‘I felt this was the time to do simple, pure clothes,” Mr. Lauren said. ”Simplicity and elegance are to me the same thing.”

Except for a few pastels, he worked in black or white linen, did not add an extraneous detail and concentrated on minimal shapes, among them a shift dress, a pants suit, a button-front or wrapped dress. Everything was simple and pristine.”

– From “Beene Combines Ease and Luxury” by Bernadine Morris for the NYT, October 30, 1982

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