This past October Ralph Lauren held a private fashion show at Highclere Castle in Newbury, England. Many of you might know that Highclere is where our beloved Downton Abbey is filmed. The event was held for a very select group and was hosted by none other than the Countess of Carnarvan herself. In case you didn't know, Highclere is the actual home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvan and was built in its present day form in 1838 by Sir Charles Barry, Highclere has been inhabited for over 700 years before coming into the Herbert family in the late 17th century.
For the history buffs out there (like myself) the Carnarvan name might be familiar, it was the 5th Earl of Carnarvan along with Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, the first global world media event.
The collection was truly English, in all its glory. I have done my best to find as many images as possible to capture the feel of the event, starting with an actual invitation. Please enjoy.
How exciting would it have been to receive one of these?
Welcome to Highclere.
All photography by Chris Allerton courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Stunning don't you think? I am not one to usually wish to have been at a fashion show..until now of course. One can only image the atmosphere and ambiance of the show, what with such an amazing setting.