Friday 7th September 2018, NY - On the second day of New York Fashion week, celebrities and fashion elite came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ralph Lauren. The London Journalist's Phillipe Roger was proud to be in attendance at this historic star-studded event.
The American fashion house marked its half century by hosting a 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.
VIP guests were welcomed through a set of futuristic digital screens that told Ralph Lauren's story through 50 years of fashion and campaigns. After guests mingled at a champagne reception in the Bethesda Terrace that preceeded the magnificent runway show which, featuring models of all ages, was a homage to Ralph Lauren - the man, the lifestyle and the family-oriented brand.
The historic starstudded event was attended by the designer himself, Ralph Lauren, and his friends and admirers which included Oprah Winfrey, Pierce Brosnan, Robert De Nero, Stephen Speilberg, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Jessica Chastaine and of course The London Journalist's very own Phillipe Roger.
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.
Mr Lauren 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.