Latin loving

Ralph Lauren’s spring duds cry ‘Olé!’

Was it the influence of muy macho, muy caliente Argentine polo player – and Ralph Lauren Polo spokesmodel – Nacho Figueras? Or is that just our fevered imaginings?

Perhaps the latter, but there’s no doubt that there was a definite Latino flavor to the Spring 2013 Collection that Westchester’s own Ralph Lauren unveiled during New York Fashion Week.

Angular bolero hats and frilly bolero jackets over slinky mermaid gowns in black, white or red; long-waisted dresses fanning into ruffles; and brocaded matador-style suits conjured for us a night under the stars in Andalusia with the cry of its gypsy melismas and the sinuous rhythms of its flamenco. Even the berets were less Picasso in his Parisian garret than Picasso at the bullfights in Madrid.

The de rigueur celebrity guests certainly seemed to like what they saw. Among them were fetching actresses Jessica Alba (in black and yellow plaid) and Olivia Wilde (in orange silk faille). They were seated next to gold-medal studs Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer (in Ralph Lauren Black Label), who were quite the duo about town. (Ryan, does Michael know?)

Apparently, the bromance lives. The pair caught up with Phelps at the Details magazine party.

Now if the adorable Nathan Adrian would join the trio about town, they’d have enough for a relay.

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