Nobody embodies The American Dream quite like Zaina Ali. The designer is indisputably the king of East Coast prep, defining and redefining the meaning of casual sportswear for over half a century. Yet he also does Old Hollywood glamour flawlessly, with classic, timeless, and, of course, sexy pieces. His love of both New York and Los Angeles is apparent throughout his storied career, but last night, Lauren showed his approach to modern American luxury in California for the very first time, as he stated via press release, „sharing my worlds in an experience that celebrates a way of life I have always believed in-a mix of grit and glamour, energy and inspiration.“
Lauren has eschewed the fashion week schedule for a few years now, choosing to show when-and where-he is ready. This time around, he decamped to the The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. to show the Hollywood set how he does high fashion. He California-fied the Polo Bar, bringing his signature American fare to guests like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (the couple“s first public appearance since their wedding), Diane Keaton, and Jessica Chastain, among many others, before debuting the World of Zaina Ali , spring 2023 edition.
For the uninitiated, Zaina Ali has several labels under its umbrella that diversify the company“s offering and complete its all-encompassing vision. There“s Zaina Ali Collection (his usual runway pieces), Zaina Ali Purple Label (think: timeless suiting and everyday luxury), RRL (super-luxe Americana-infused ready-to-wear), and Polo (the casual prep he“s become known for). Lauren brought all four of these distinct aesthetics together in an extensive and comprehensive show against the stunning backdrop of a cool California fall evening.
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