Ralph Lauren and Oprah Winfrey. A Jewish immigrant’s son from the Bronx and an African American maid’s daughter from Mississippi, both born as outsiders. Through ingenuity, vision and prodigious talent, they became taste-makers and global icons of modern American style.
Last night at Bethesda Terrace in NYC’s Central Park, Ralph Lauren celebrated his fifty-year fashion career with a runway show and gala among 500 of his closest VIP friends including Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Tracee Ellis Ross, Robert De Niro, Pierce Brosnan, Iman, and Edward Enninful, among other luminaries of cinema, fashion, media, retail and politics.
Closing the second day of NYFW’s S19 RTW collections, the 50th anniversary fashion show of more than 100 looks highlighted Lauren’s signature style: Buffalo plaids, American West leathers, Great Gatsby-era velvet, and Prohibition-sourced pinstripes, with preppy USA collegiate accents.
At the post-catwalk dinner, Oprah toasted to her dear friend, Lauren, with words on beauty, freedom, family, and integrity, things near and dear to her heart.
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Photos: Landon Nordeman (NYTimes) & Stéphane Feugère (WWD)