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How Ralph Lauren’s Vacation-Inspired Spring Fashion Show Came Together

Here's a glimpse behind the scenes.
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Recently in New York, Ralph Lauren sent his spring/summer 2018 collection down the runway. Inspired by the Lauren family's home in Jamaica, the show featured barefoot models, laid-back looks with a distinctly beachy feel, and (of course) a whole lot of classic RL charm. 

"Everyone wishes for a magical place where they can step out of time into the beauty of nature," Lauren said in a press release. "For Spring 2018, I wanted to share the mood, the light, the blue, and white freshness of my retreat in Jamaica. My collections for women and men conjure up the carefree, sophisticated style of this special experience—exuberant, luxurious, timeless!"


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But before everything made its New York Fashion Week debut, there was work to be done. Looks had to be decided upon, fits perfected, and models cast. Here's a look at the final fitting before the show, where the guys donned the clothes they wore down the runway.


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What's particularly interesting—besides getting a look behind the proverbial curtain—is seeing how things shift and final decisions are made. Take, for instance, this look, which initially included a suit jacket:  


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As you can see, the RL team is removing the extra layer in the fitting. And that choice stuck. Check it out on the runway:  

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If you look closely here, you can see the stylists are holding the chinos up to the model's body. He's actually wearing a swimsuit. Turns out, the chinos won out in the end.  


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Like any grand production, a fashion show takes intense preparation and a whole lot of decision-making—sometimes at the last minute. Just something to think about when you're heading out the door and decide for a late-game accessory or outerwear swap: The professionals do it, too.


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This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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