Of Lineage and Laurens

Althorp Estate 2

When it comes to American dynasties, few can match the regal Ralph Laurens. The American fashion designer, long inspired by aristocratic British country life, revisited his label’s roots this season with a fall advertising campaign for the Purple Label line photographed on the grounds of Althorp House, the storied Spencer family home in Northamptonshire, England. In the campaign, one of Lauren’s heirs apparent—eldest son Andrew Lauren—is captured among Althorp’s gilt frames and glossy wood paneling, in everything from purple velvet dinner jackets to camel turtlenecks, from animal-print slippers to muddied wellies, the well-worn crest of English country life.

So it was only fitting that Althorp, the family home of the late Princess Diana, should be the setting in October for an exclusive fashion show and intimate dinner in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony charity, benefitting breast cancer research (as well as the brand’s continued partnership with The Royal Marsden, the cancer treatment hospital in London). Hosted by The Right Honorable The Earl Spencer and Andrew Lauren, the evening began with a fashion show in Althorp’s picture gallery before guests—dressed exclusively in Ralph Lauren Collection, Black Label, and Purple Label—were escorted into the state dining room for dinner.

Some of the gentlemen guests like Jeremy Piven and David Gandy wore Purple Label tuxedos and dinner jackets while others, such as James Marshall and Allen Leech, looked dapper in Black Label. The ladies, including Lady Spencer and Lady Kitty Spencer, were stately and sublime in Ralph Lauren Collection and Black Label. Royal blood or not, all wore tradition well.