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Ralph Lauren has taught the world how to dress like Hollywood royalty and British aristocracy, so why not Italian counts? Think Luchino Visconti's The Leopard, 21st-century style. "Cool sophistication" is the way Lauren characterizes Black Label, his new tailored men's line. It's an apt description, but we also sense a potent dose of la dolce vita in the hypersleek collection that seems to take its cue from the designer's Milan showroom (in an 18th-century palazzo) and will undoubtedly fly off the racks of his recently opened Via Montenapoleone flagship. The suits have exactly the right amount of edge—chic and conservative enough for the office but cool enough to take a man through the night. Black Label, which launched in select U.S. and European cities this February, squeezes in between Lauren's Purple Label English-style haberdashery (with prices starting at $3,000) and the classic American-cut Polo (prices begin at $1,100). The suits are cut significantly slimmer than those in the other two lines, with thinner lapels and flat-front trousers. Shirts are trim and ties are a bit skinnier as well. How to know your place in the world of Ralph Lauren? If this suit fits, wear it. From $1,295; 888-475-7674.


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