There isn’t many fashion designers who have made such an impact not only on modern pop culture but the wider society than Ralph Lauren. On Friday night, the second day of New York Fashion week, celebrities and fashion elite came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ralph Lauren.
I mean when I say celebrities, I mean beyond A-list, when Ralph does a front row he don’t mess around. We are talking Stephen Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Hiddleston, Anne Hathaway, Kanye West, ohhhh and someone called Opera or Oprah Winfrey conducting a world class toast to the man himself.
Lauren and his iconic Polo brand have been the subject of acres of column inches in the past 50 years.
The American fashion house marked its half century by hosting a black tie fashion show and gala dinner seamlessly integrated against the backdrop of the Bethesda Terrace fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park, a homage to Mr Lauren’s hometown of New York City.
In keeping with the philanthropy of the brand, the event benefited the Central Park Conservancy – a private, nonprofit organisation that relies on donations to prevent the decline of the world-renowned park.
Ralph initially launched his eponymous label in 1967 aged 28. The lifestyle brand began as a collection of men’s ties, before developing into the first ‘Polo’ menswear collection in 1968. Womenswear was introduced in the 1970s. Today, the designer still acts as chief creative officer at the brand and still the brand goes from strength to strength.