Ralph Lauren has become the first American fashion designer to receive knighthood.
On Wednesday (14Nov18), British Vogue reported that the 79-year-old has been recognised for his services to fashion with an honorary British knighthood. Bono, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates are among the other non-British citizens to receive the same honour.
The news tops off a fantastic few months for the fashion mogul, who has been celebrating his eponymous brand’s 50th birthday this year.
He received a CFDA Members Salute in June on behalf of the 500-plus members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who paid tribute to his global effect and leadership in the fashion industry. At the time, CFDA chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg praised: “I respect and admire everything that Ralph Lauren stands for, including his philanthropy and kindness.”
The label also staged a 50th anniversary fashion show in September, which was attended by a plethora of celebrities such as Kanye West, Jessica Chastain and Blake Lively. At the event, fellow guest Oprah Winfrey proclaimed to Lauren: “What I know for sure is what is real, is what lasts. And we are here because you have lasted.”
Addressing his success in a recent interview with Town and Country magazine, the fashion veteran was adamant that his legacy stems from his willingness to take chances.
“Good taste alone is not going to build a company that lasts for 50 years. You know, good taste can be boring taste, and classics can be uninteresting,” he explained. “If all I had was good taste, people would say this is just an old man designing clothes.”
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