Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise will be celebrating its 50th year in business in New York City.
The celebration will be in Central Park looking over the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. It is scheduled for Sept. 7, the fashion show and dinner will benefit the Central Park Conservancy.
According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, Lauren chose Central Park as the setting for his 40thanniversary event at the Conservatory Garden in 2008, which included a runway show and black-tie candlelit garden party for 400.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private nonprofit organization responsible for restoring, managing and enhancing Central Park in partnership with the public.
The plaudits for Lauren’s major milestone have already begun. In June at the CFDA Awards, he was the recipient of the first CFDA Members Salute by fellow American designers, including Thom Browne, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu and Donna Karan, commemorating his career. Rizzoli published a book done in partnership with WWD, titled “WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren,” a 192-page tome of five decades of stories, photos and illustrations from the publication’s archive, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily.
Image via WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren,” Rizzoli New York, 2018
“Some people keep diaries of their daily lives,” writes Ralph Lauren in “WWD: Fifty Years of Ralph Lauren.” “I never had to, because DNR and WWD have been looking over my shoulder since 1964 — three years before I even started Polo….There’s little that they’ve missed, and all of it shared around the world with great heart and soul, integrity and fairness.”
Lauren career is depicted through illustrations, rare Seventies runway photos and WWD stories stemming back decades, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.
“In an industry of hyperbole, Ralph Lauren is a genuine icon,” says Bridget Foley, executive editor of WWD, who wrote the introduction. “He built his company into a global giant on a core belief in living well from the inside out, his designs the stylistic manifestations of cultural codes of civility and respect.”
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