A Cup of English Tea

Cozy plaids, warm wools, soft silks and romantic details.
All this and more can be found in Ralph Lauren's Fall 2009 collection.

The collection is a bit Oliver Twist meets English sophisticate ready for tea.

Patchwork coats, plaid scarves and masculine inspired layers all underscore the spirit of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist.

I love how the masculine fabrics and design of the vest and coat are softened by the petal-like scarf.

Muted lavenders, shades of champagne and luxurious details inspire dreams of retreating to a romantic cottage with a garden and tea for two.

The scarf is as delicate as a late blossom in an English garden. I love it paired with the sweater vest. Can't you just imagine a cozy retreat in a countryside cottage sipping tea and admiring the landscape?

Runway photos: Style.com