Ralph Lauren: A Much-Lauded American In Paris
A French award from President Macron and a revealing film shows the star-spangled designer in a gentle light
Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky at the premier of the HBO documentary of his life, Very Ralph
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The most powerful moment of the movie is last year’s celebration of Ralph Lauren’s 50 years in fashion when the super-famous from Hilary Clinton to Oprah, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and so many more attended the unforgettable show held in New York’s Central Park, where a finale of children dressed in the designer’s signature style, reduced the audience – and Ralph Lauren himself – to tears.
By the end of the long film, you feel that you know Ralph Lauren‘s homes across America from New York to Colorado – each sealed with scenes of perfection, whether the maestro is driving a shiny vintage car or there is a group of good-looking young men posed in whites by a tennis court. Hard indeed to separate life from fantasy for a designer who lived his own immigrant dream.
What is pervasive is the work ethic of the designer who seems to have transported that to his family.
In the film and surely in life, Ralph Lauren is a designer without any sense of irony, from his cowboy hat to his tattered jeans and worn boots. That innocent vision is not necessarily a criticism in the context of a deeply cynical world.