By Avery Stankus – Editor-in-Chief
After 25 years of initially airing, the NBC hit TV show, “Friends,” is coming back—but not to our television screens, more like our closets. Ralph Lauren has recently partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create the “Friends” inspired collection, “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” released on Sept. 18 in celebration of “Friends” 25th anniversary.
This curated Wear-to-Work set consists of 74 wardrobe staples. From polo neck sweaters to pinstripe suits to miniskirts, this collection takes on true 90s and early 2000s trends. Known for her plaid miniskirts and strappy midi dresses, Rachel Green’s ( Jennifer Aniston) iconic look is coming to life.
Any avid “Friends” fan would know the significance between Ralph Lauren and Green. The fictional character landed a job at Ralph Lauren as an assistant buyer, hence where the inspiration of this collection stems from. While “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” comes from Green’s Ralph Lauren job, the curation as an entirety pays homage to all six characters.
The collection is told in a story split between five scenes in which they are all synonymous with the comedic sitcom. Beginning with“Scene 1: Central Perk,” the look includes the leopard-print haircalf coat, ribbed turtleneck sweater, pleated lambskin miniskirt and the Brie leather boot. This Phoebe Buffay-in flenced combination would be seen on her while singing in the coffee shop and guitar in hand.
The story would be incomplete without reference to the iconic New York City apartment. The next scene, “The Apartment,” encompasses the working woman’s go-to style. The corduroy blazer and pant-pair is a typical Rachel Green office-look.
“Scene 3: The Taxi,” incorporates two ensembles. The sheepskin moto jacket, a cable-knit cashmere sweater, the cotton-blend pant and the leather large bellport tote make for the first look. Thehaircalf coat, cashmere turtleneck sweater, suede midi skirt and the Brie leather boot complete scene3. These 90s classics add to the “Friends” nostalgia.
The fourth scene is called “The Fountain,” in reference to the opening credits. The six-look scene includes a Chandler Bing-esque (Matthew Perry) cable-knit and button-down combination, black leather skinny pants that are reminiscent to
Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)’s season five mishap and a sleeveless dress Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) would certainly lounge around the apartment.
Finally, the story completes with “Scene 5: The Balcony.” This Rachel-and-Ross inspiredscene consists of the satin shirtdress and the polo wool-blend suit jacket.
“Ralph Lauren X Friends” ranges in nostalgic pieces with updated shapes and silhouettes. The collection retails for the working woman, starting at $39.50 for their classic fit pocket t-shirt to the leopard-print haircalf coat for $2,998.
Check out the “Friends”-themed promotional video and the rest of “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” collection on ralphlauren.com.