Ralph Lauren Spotlights the Tuxedo With a Little Help From Janelle Monáe

Ralph Lauren made the case for the tuxedo as womenswear at its nightclub-inspired New York Fashion Week spring ’20 show last night.

The label had help from one of the biggest style stars in the entertainment world: Janelle Monáe. The singer and actress is known for her gender-neutral, black-and-white looks, and she stuck with her formula for a performance at Ralph Lauren’s show — appearing in a tuxedo jacket, white button-up and bow-tie teamed with a full black plaid skirt. For shoes, the petite star went with 5-inch platform pumps, one of fall’s biggest shoe trends.

Janelle Monae, performing, Ralph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Janelle Monáe performing at the Ralph Lauren show.
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Janelle Monae, front row, celebrity style, androgynous look, in the front rowRalph Lauren show, Front Row, Spring Summer 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Janelle Monáe in the front row at the Ralph Lauren show.
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Monáe’s outfit and style ethos were echoed in the models’ looks on the runway. Top models like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Taylor Hill strutted down the runway in sleek evening looks. While glitzy gowns and soaring heels weren’t absent from the collection, many of the women were clad in menswear-inspired outfits.

Blanca Padilla, Ralph Lauren, spring 2020, runway, celebrity style, on the catwalkRalph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Blanca Padilla at Ralph Lauren spring ’20.
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Taylor Hill, runway, Ralph Lauren, spring 2020, tuxedo, on the catwalkRalph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Taylor Hill on the catwalk at Ralph Lauren spring ’20.
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The tone was set when Gigi opened in a starchy white, bow tie-accented blouse, high-waisted black pants and an oversize, glittery jacket. The look was finished with soaring stilettos — perhaps inspired by Monáe’s go-to shoes .

Gigi Hadid, glittery jacket, black pants, white shirt, power pumps, on the catwalkRalph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Gigi Hadid opens the Ralph Lauren show.
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While much of the clothing for the collection had roots in the men’s camp, the shoes were decidedly feminine. Whether clad in tuxedos or party dresses, models walked the runway in power pumps and strappy sandals, with nary a flat in sight.

Bella Hadid, model, glittery gown, on the catwalkRalph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Bella Hadid on the catwalk at the Ralph Lauren show.
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Joan Smalls, glittery gown, on the catwalkRalph Lauren show, Runway, Fall Winter 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019
Joan Smalls on the catwalk at the Ralph Lauren show.
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