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The Drip is Highsnobiety’s latest series, taking a deep-dive look at celebrities and their jawnz. Every other day, we highlight a notable figure from our world and run the rule over whether their outfit is a hit or miss. Do you agree or disagree with our appraisal? Let us know below.

Who: Ralph Lauren

The outfit he’s wearing: Three-button dinner jacket, white button-up shirt, black bowtie, and stonewashed jeans (no ID – presumably Ralph Lauren), Salomon XA Pro 3D trail-running shoes.

Location: CFDA Awards 2018 at the Brooklyn Museum, NY

Why it works: While we’re not suggesting you go out and start mixing formal dinner jackets with stonewashed jeans and trail shoes, the 78-year-old Lauren is definitely on to something here. If you were to split the designer in half you would be left with two perfectly respectable, albeit contrasting, ‘fits. The top half says “I’m at an awards show” and the bottom half says “I’m on my feet all day, I’m damn well going to be comfortable.”

While the experiment as a whole didn’t completely work, Lauren’s willingness to experiment with different styles results in a unique and memorable ’fit which suits him.

Editor’s Notes: While picking up his 2018 CFDA Members Salute award, industry veteran Ralph Lauren took to the stage wearing an eyebrow-raising outfit that was business casual in its most literal sense. His top half would have been fit for the Oscars, while his bottom half looked like he was about to visit Kanye West in Wyoming.

Fortunately for the designer, he’s Ralph Lauren and – at 78 years of age – he can pull stunts like that. While his outfit wasn’t as wild as Thom Browne’s short suit, it had an important message to tell: you’re never too old to experiment with your personal style.

Hiking and trail sneakers have infiltrated sneaker culture, ushering in and finding a home amongst the chunky, ugly, and dad shoe trends that have engulfed the world of sneakers in the past few years.

Brands like Salomon have been at the forefront of the revolution bringing shoes from the mountains to the streets. But others like Nike’s ACG line and adidas’ collaborations with the likes of KITH have played a big role in making trail shoes cool again.

Ralph Lauren might just be trying out the trend for himself, possibly seeing how far he can push it before he reigns it back in. In any case, judging by the photos, he was completely comfortable in what he was wearing.

Leave your thoughts on Ralph Lauren’s ’fit and rate his drip in the comments.

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