Ralph Lauren has continued his golden anniversary celebrations in the golden halls of Paris’ Palace of Versailles.
This year (18) marks 50 years of Lauren’s namesake label, and he has so far celebrated with a star-studded fashion show in New York in September, and a special Bloomingdale’s campaign honouring the milestone.
On Tuesday (04Dec18), he hosted a dinner for 700 guests, including Alber Elbaz, where he told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that all of the pomp “was a little overwhelming”.
Lauren was due to receive a state honour from French President Emmanuel Macron, but it had to be postponed following anti-government riots that have been raging in the capital city. It will now take place in 2019, when he will also be given an honorary British knighthood.
“I know this is a very tough time; we all go through tough times,” Lauren told his guests during the dinner. “It’s a good country, a great country, a beautiful country. I thank you for having me. I love it, and I truly mean that. The people that I’ve met here are wonderful.”
He also spoke of his five decades in fashion, joking that he was a much taller man when he started out.
“When I started my business, I was 6ft 4in and that shows you what the fashion business can do to you,” he cracked.
And the 79-year-old, who designed Priyanka Chopra’s wedding dress for her recent union to Nick Jonas, reflected on his longevity, musing: “What I do is not fashion. No, because fashion is high today and low tomorrow, and I like to be constant.”
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