Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Ralph Lauren is known for fetishizing Americana, but last night's presentation of the Spring 2013 collection had a decidedly Spanish flair. It was unclear whether he was referencing the Iberian peninsula or Mexico, Argentina or Chile, but there were flamenco flounces, vaquero hats, and dresses as red as the Castilian flag. Plus: Berets! Jodhpurs! Serapes! And, matador-esque jackets and pants. While some of the pieces are costume-y, the overall spirit — clean lines, simple shapes, a limited color palette — was wearable.

Still, it's a little like "if you like Mexican-ish stuff but don't want to cross the border and would like to pay 10 times the price, here ya go!" Suzy Menkes writes:

Yet the problem with this show - as with a previous foray into China for a Ralph Lauren collection - is that Mexico is a complex country: in itself and in its relationship with the United States. It is also part of a global world in which what were once signature outfits are now vacation fodder.

Click through and judge for yourself!

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Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Those torero pants are pretty hot.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Something kind of "picked it up at the gift shop" about this.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Floral number on the left is a dream.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

We'll be seeing the filmy frock on the right on the red carpet soon.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Olé or oh, lame?

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Ordering a new beret right now.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Lauren Bacall meets Gala Dali?

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

It's all about the one in the middle, sans styling.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

A different take on red, white and blue.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Quite a bit of black, considering this is a spring collection.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

But the short flirty dresses are fabulous.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

No, yes, no.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Lunch in Madrid.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

YES, no, yes.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

A study in contrasts.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

OMFG YES YES YES.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Delicioso.

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

¡Jeah!

Ralph Lauren, for the 1930s Vaquero-Loving Bullfight Enthusiast in YouS

Discuss.

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