Mr. Lawrence Elliot is pretty in pink, but he is also a human portal who transports me to and from a world of Ralph Lauren. By sheer coincidence I stumbled upon (not literally of course!) Lawrence just after I had finished shopping at Ralph Lauren. I bought a denim shirt, with stitching on the lower collar area that dates it back to the wild west, a token of Lauren’s inspiration of the West. It just so happens that Lawrence is a Ferrari sales man in Los Angeles, and one of his customers is none other than Ralph Lauren himself. My encounter with Lawrence inspired me to tumble down the rabbit hole that is Mr. Lauren’s car collection. Lauren owns a remarkable collection of automobiles, 25 of which are Ferraris. A selection of the cars is on display at the renowned Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
In an interview, Lauren spoke of his passion for cars. One of his quotes really hit a note because it pays homage to the artisan: “I’ve always loved machines that are the product of someone taking his passion for building and using it to create beautiful shapes or sounds that give pleasure… I love that craftsmanship. It gives one a sense of personal connection to the maker.” Lauren speaks of hand crafted work, and the timelessness it brings to the owner, who inherently becomes a collector. Artisans, just like their pieces, are to be coveted. More than creating beauty, these people create love.
Pants (cropped by Lawrence), Kiton
Shirt and cardigan, Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Hat, hand made by Ariane
A look at Ralph Lauren’s car collection, click here
If Ashley from my previous blog post was to pass the baton of oriental style, she would do so to Fei Fei. Fei Fei, a student from a university in Houston, dazzled me with her dress when I met her on Rodeo Dr. It brought me back to the Middle East with rich jewel colours, endless flowing silhouette and the gold embroidery lined around her chest. Her white and gold Chanel sandals are the perfect accompaniment to the oriental look.
A surprising little fact about Fei Fei’s ensemble is that her dress, as luxurious as it looks, plays second fiddle to her accessories in terms of actual luxury. Notice the delicate Hermès pink leather band bracelet. It’s as nondescript as it is palpable. If opulence is to exist within one’s style, i’m more interested in seeing it in a watch, a bracelet, a bag or shoes.
Back to an oriental note, I am having a ball with Ashley and Fei Fei’s rendition of the style. One wears it with a slightly masculine, 1920s influence; and the other a more modern, feminine and artisinal twist. Both are relevant to me personally as I leave for the Middle East in just under two weeks.
Dress, Forever 21
Cardigan, Juicy Couture
Where I found Fei Fei: In front of Ralph Lauren at Rodeo, Dr. Beverly Hills
Random Daze theme by Polaraul