Ralph Lauren is to receive a major honour at the 2018 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.
Since launching his company in 1967 with a line of men’s ties, the designer has gone on to build a family of brands which encompass his classic suiting and preppy sportswear, including his famed polo shirts.
Now, to honour Lauren’s 50th anniversary in business, CFDA officials have announced that they will grant him a special salute at the upcoming ceremony.
“From starting with a tie at Bloomingdale’s to building a global brand, I respect and admire everything that Ralph Lauren stands for, including his philanthropy and kindness,” CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg said in a statement. “This is the perfect moment for CFDA Members to salute this icon of American fashion.”
The tribute will be the first of its kind in the organisation’s history and will be given to Lauren on behalf of the CFDA’s membership of over 500 foremost womenswear, menswear, accessory and jewellery designers.
In addition to the 78-year-old’s championing of the fashion industry, CFDA bosses added that they wished to recognise his charity endeavours including his instrumental role in developing events such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and Seventh on Sale. The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards will be hosted by Issa Rae on 4 June (18) at the Brooklyn Museum.
Among the other fashion names to be feted at the event include Furstenberg, who will be presented with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change, and Narciso Rodriguez, to be bestowed with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
The International Award will be presented to Donatella Versace, and the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard will go to Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue.
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