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Ralph Lauren Russian heroine finds her strengths

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL
The Associated Press
Modified: February 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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/articleid/3758066/1/pictures/1960710">Photo - The Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York,  Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

She also requires a puffy, parka-style shearling down coat.

Later, she wears long, full skirts with cashmere turtlenecks and cropped vests, with a low-slung belt around her hips. That seemed like a fresh proportion on the catwalk this season.

Then, with a new confidence, she starts going out in the evening. Her look evolves from delicate black dresses lightly dotted with caviar beading into a pleated gown covered all over in thin vertical strips of leather.

There were regal, more glamorous gowns with flashier embellishment, including a black one with slim chains of gold beading around her neck and an embroidered choker. Another was midnight-blue with chunky crystals at the neck and bustline, letting Lauren's heroine write the rest of her story.


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