Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain and Robert Di Niro were there, as were Tommy Hilfiger and Diane Von Furstenberg
In Ralph Laurens world, celebrating a landmark occasion means doing so in one of the most famous New York landmarks of them all: Central Park. For his 50th anniversary show this weekend, the New York native returned to the same location as his 40th in 2008, this time round at the famous Bethesda Terrace.
A big birthday demands a big crowd, and many famous friends and red-carpet regulars who Lauren has dressed over the years turned up to show their loyalty. Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain and Robert Di Niro were all front row, as were Laurens fellow NYC designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Jason Wu.
But it wasnt all about shoulder rubbing. The designers spring/summer 2019 collection, which saw the usually open-air public terrace transformed into a carpeted catwalk with velvet banquette seating, was another celebration this time of his brands style signatures.
The western influences by way of suede jackets, plaid lumberjack shirts and lots of denim dominated the first half of the show (Lauren and his wife Ricky have a ranch in Colorado); while the cosy-meets-all-American cool was seen in the high-low mix of sequinned skirts and heavily embellished everyday wear paired with a cable-knit jumper for women and tailored tweed jackets worn with dungarees for men. The Polo brand, which has enjoyed a resurgence of late (thanks to the demand for logos and fashion ticking the 90s nostalgia box) was well represented, as was Ralph Lauren sport, ski and scholar chic.
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But this show which featured more than 150 models wasnt so much about the clothes as the Ralph Lauren concept. The second part summed it up best when models arrived with children (some basking in the limelight to the encouragement of the famous crowd, others so little and nonplussed that they were sleeping), showing that Ralph Lauren is a brand that has mass market, cross-generational appeal.