In my opinion, Ralph Lauren is a genius. He has created an enduring fashion empire, a home products and accessories line, a major lifestyle brand, has a vintage car collection that has been showcased in his ads and major museums, and is generously philanthropic. (One of his main charities is the “Pink Pony” collection which benefits cancer research.) He also manufactures the only perfume that I can stand to use every day.
I’ve always imagined myself after a beautiful day of riding outdoors, arriving at my English country estate and being served a fine gourmet dinner.
Last year, Ralph Lauren debuted a new collection called “Aspen Lodge”. It is a big departure from the traditional and formal look he has presented for so many years. The new look is all about relaxed fabrics, neutral colors, reclaimed woods and unfussy details.
Think “Log Cabin Chic” meets “Urban Cowboy”. Still just as beautiful and timeless as the older collections! The furniture has an aged look that feels like the pieces have been passed down through the generations.
Reclaimed wood pieces have the look of priceless antiques with the benefit of modern craftsmanship.And of course this is a particular favorite of mine- an aged reproduction wood and gilded framed mirror….. SO ME!!!
Nacho also happens to be the official face for Ralph Lauren’s men’s line and travels the world riding in polo matches to raise money for many charities while also promoting all things Ralph.
Although the uniforms met some criticism and controversy, Team USA proudly wore them as they entered the arena. Included in that crowd was my very dear friend, Donna Ponessa. Donna was representing our country by earning one of four spots on the United States Para Equestrian Dressage Team. Here she is as the ultimate Ralph Lauren Model and ultimate Role Model!