Ralph Lauren awarded prestigious Legion d’honneur

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, n…

Ralph Lauren has been awarded France’s highest honour by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The American designer was bestowed with the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony held in the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday, nine years after being given the title of Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“What matters most to me is having my family here,” said Lauren after receiving the accolade.

Macron also heaped praise on the fashion veteran in a 20-minute speech, noting the designer’s “timeless elegance”.

“The American dream that you imported is the spirit of America that we most admire,” he praised. “You incarnate the American spirit.”

A representative for the Ralph Lauren brand shared a photo of the designer decorated with his new medal on Instagram too, and in the accompanying caption, noted that the 80-year-old received the honour in recognition of his “global contributions as a designer, business leader, and philanthropist”.

The post also noted his “deep connection to French heritage”, such as his restoration of a 17th-century Hotel Particulier on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Nathalie Rykiel was also on hand to celebrate the achievements of Lauren at the star-studded event and told WWD that her mother, the late Sonia Rykiel, was such a fan of the designer that she only slept in Ralph Lauren bedding.

“He is so faithful to himself, to an image, to a country, and what he believes in,” she gushed.

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Ralph Lauren doesn’t view himself as a fashion designer

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success. Explaining how he prefers traditional styles …

Ralph Lauren has never considered himself to be a fashion designer.

The American star made the unlikely admission while speaking about his new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which follows his rise to success.

Explaining how he prefers traditional styles and timeless pieces, he told British newspaper The Telegraph: “I hate fashion. I never thought of myself as a fashion designer. It was more about timeless things I liked – and values.”

Lauren insisted that his goal was to “make things beautiful” and doesn’t mind being criticised over his ideas.

“I like old things, but that doesn’t make me boring. It’s how you style them. I love to make things beautiful. Who doesn’t appreciate that?” the 80-year-old shared.

While he has an eye for chic and classic pieces, Lauren also revealed that his children – sons Andrew, 50, and David, 48, and daughter Dylan, 45 – hated him choosing clothes for them when they were younger.

“I used to pick out things from very traditional children’s shops in London for Dylan, and she’d refuse to wear them. The kids in her class were just not wearing that kind of stuff,” he recalled.

Elsewhere in the interview, the industry icon also discussed being rejected for a role at large U.S. retailer Saks Fifth Avenue early on his career.

“I don’t know what happened to that person who interviewed me. But I’m still here,” he quipped.

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Ralph Lauren: ‘I was never relevant in the fashion world’

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years. Opening up about the eve…

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.

The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years.

Opening up about the events in his life that come under the spotlight in the film, Lauren revealed that when he first began his career by launching The Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967, he was dismissed by fashion industry leaders.

“No one applauded me when I started. And there were people who didn’t love what I did. They didn’t love it 25 years ago, and they don’t love it now,” he told Vanity Fair. “I was never relevant. I always did my own thing.”

And Lauren is a firm believer in the American Dream, which is the belief that anyone in the United States can be successful.

“I’ve done everything honestly. I created what I did. No one gave me anything. Someone lent me money, $50,000. It was a lot of money then, but it was very little for starting a business,” the 80-year-old stated. “I did it all quality, and I believe that America has helped me. Living here has been great. Couldn’t have done it in any other country.”

Lauren celebrated the 50th-anniversary of his company last year with a star-studded fashion show in New York’s Central Park, and just a few months later, he became the first American designer to be given an honorary knighthood in the Queen’s Honours.

“I’m cool, I’m loose. I have a good life. I’ve enjoyed my life,” he quipped.

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Lily Aldridge is a fan of the smell of Disneyland

Lily Aldridge has named Disneyland as one of her favourite smells.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bul…

Lily Aldridge has named Disneyland as one of her favourite smells.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

Lily unveiled her own fragrance line in September, and while she prefers floral notes when it comes to perfumes, she has now shared in an interview with The Cut that one of her top “surprise” smells stems from her visits to the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California.

“Like you just got surprised with a trip to Disneyland and you’re just so full of joy and wonder,” she told the publication. “It’s my favourite place. And it smells like churros everywhere because they pump the smell out.”

Lily went on to name flowers, candles, and rosewater spray among her picks for best smells, but happiness smells like her children, Dixie, seven, and Winston, eight months, whom she shares with her Kings of Leon rocker husband Caleb Followill.

“I can smell them, and it just brings me joy,” the 33-year-old smiled. “And during the process of creating my fragrance, when I met the people at the actual labs that create the scents, they were like, ‘You can bottle the smell of anything.’ I was like, ‘Can you bottle the smell of my children? So I can have it forever?!'”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lily noted that her go-to perfume at the moment is Haven from her own brand, with the scent featuring notes of mandarin, lychee, rose, peony, and freesia.

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Ralph Lauren not a fan of dressing stars for the red carpet

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of…

Ralph Lauren isn’t a fan of dressing celebrities in his designs for the red carpet.

The American designer has opened up on his lengthy career in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and during the chat, was asked how much he valued the publicity of famous faces wearing his gowns to events.

“Not something I love, but certainly a showcase for stars and the designers that dress them,” Lauren stated.

The fashion veteran created Gwyneth Paltrow’s iconic pink gown for the 1999 Academy Awards, which was the year she famously won the Best Actress gong for her turn in Shakespeare in Love.

Lauren revealed that despite not wanting his designs to grace the red carpet, he enjoys creating pieces that tell a story, and even imagines whole films based on his garments thanks to his love of cinema.

“Movies and storytelling have always been an inspiration. When I started designing, it was never about just the tie or the shirt or the dress. It was always about the hero or heroine I had in mind,” the 80-year-old explained. “They are the stars of my movies and express what I have to say. I study their character and I create for them and through them. I guess you could say, in some ways, I am the director and the screenwriter. I write through my clothes.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Lauren insisted that his brand was a champion of diversity in fashion, and said he has created clothes that incorporate a different way of living.

“Diversity has always been part of our world and our story. Not just race or gender, but different ways of living,” he added.

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Ralph Lauren launches line inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends

Ralph Lauren has launched a workwear collection inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s much-loved Friends character, Rachel Green.The line coincides with the 25th anniversary of the U.S. sitcom, and the company’s new range features chic pieces from Polo and LA…

Ralph Lauren has launched a workwear collection inspired by Jennifer Aniston’s much-loved Friends character, Rachel Green.

The line coincides with the 25th anniversary of the U.S. sitcom, and the company’s new range features chic pieces from Polo and LAUREN Ralph Lauren that were influenced by Rachel’s classic looks throughout the show’s 10 seasons.

The collection is a sweet nod to the iconic character, who quits her waitressing job and begins working as an assistant in Bloomingdale’s in season three, and eventually lands her dream job at Ralph Lauren in season five.

The ‘One Where They All Wear Ralph Lauren’ collection, named in the style of each of the Friends episodes, will also be available to buy in select Bloomingdale’s stores in the U.S., and on RalphLauren.com.

To celebrate the launch, the Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City will be handing out complimentary cups of coffee in a replica of the iconic Central Perk coffee shop, with the venue complete with the set’s famous couch.

A recreation of Rachel’s Ralph Lauren office will also be on display in the store for shoppers and fans to discover.

Imagery from the campaign features the models posing in Central Perk, Monica Geller’s apartment, and on the couch in front of the fountain, which featured in the opening credits of the sitcom.

The new collection features trousers, midi and miniskirts, cashmere turtleneck sweaters, jackets, suits, blazers and equestrian-inspired accessories in a variety of designs, such as navy, plaid, leopard print, and faux fur.

Prices range from $39.50 (£32) for a classic T-shirt, to $2,998 (£2,400) for a leopard-print calf hair coat.

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Giorgio Armani to be honoured with top prize at The Fashion Awards 2019

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebri…

Giorgio Armani is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.

The Italian fashion icon launched his company in 1975 and has since gone on to build a reputation for stylish suits and classic red carpet gowns, with his celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Zendaya, and Anne Hathaway.

Now, officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) have announced that Armani is to be presented with the prestigious prize at an upcoming ceremony in recognition of his contribution to the industry, creativity, vision of timeless style, and attention to detail.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award,” said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive, in a statement. “With more than four decades in the business, Mr. Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed.”

In addition to his namesake ready-to-wear label, the Armani Group includes the Emporio Armani and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who has constantly shaped and reshaped the business through their innovation and creativity.

Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Manolo Blahnik, among others.

The Fashion Awards 2019 will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

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Emily DiDonato reflects on ‘wake-up moment’ when pals urged her to gain weight

Emily DiDonato has spoken candidly about the moment two friends confronted her over her extremely thin frame.The American model launched her career in 2008, and while she quickly booked gigs with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Maybelline New York, and Vict…

Emily DiDonato has spoken candidly about the moment two friends confronted her over her extremely thin frame.

The American model launched her career in 2008, and while she quickly booked gigs with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Maybelline New York, and Victoria’s Secret, Emily was “consistently” told by agents she was “too curvy” or “too athletic” – with the feedback causing her to become “very unhealthy”.

However, in a new video for her YouTube page, Emily explained that it wasn’t until fellow model Julia Stegner and make-up artist Charlotte Willer approached her at a casting to express their concern about her size that she realised she needed to reassess her extreme diet and exercise regime.

“I think I just had a wake-up moment where I was like, ‘Alright, this isn’t making a difference or moving the needle now that I’m this skinny and now I have people who are worried about me… What’s the point of doing all this?'” she recalled.

Emily went on to show viewers a picture of her at event when she was at her thinnest and noted that she had dropped from 140 pounds (63 kilograms) to 118 pounds (53 kilograms). She eventually put the weight back on, and now weighs around 150 pounds (68 kilograms), though for a time around her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut in 2013, she felt very self-conscious about her new curves.

“When I gained the weight back, I felt really embarrassed. I really wanted to hide. I felt like I was failing all of these agencies and people who believed in me and wanted me to succeed,” the 28-year-old remembered.

And while Emily was expecting to receive negative comments about her appearance, the opposite occurred, and she has been at peace with her figure ever since.

“Part of my sharing this with you and this audience is I wanted you to know that I’ve struggled with this,” the model stated to the camera. “I wanted you to know that I wear a size six, and I’m in an industry that that’s not always super accepted. But that’s OK. I know that I am OK and successful in many areas of my life – and many areas of even this industry – and that’s OK. Not everyone is going to love you and think you’re perfect. And they shouldn’t, and that’s fine because nobody is perfect.”

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Taylor Hill had ‘extra fun’ shooting Ralph Lauren campaign with boyfriend

Taylor Hill’s new Ralph Lauren fragrance campaign was “extra fun” to shoot because she got to work with her boyfriend again. The 23-year-old, who has a long-standing relationship with the designer, was tapped to front the imagery for the Romance fragr…

Taylor Hill’s new Ralph Lauren fragrance campaign was “extra fun” to shoot because she got to work with her boyfriend again.

 The 23-year-old, who has a long-standing relationship with the designer, was tapped to front the imagery for the Romance fragrance alongside her longtime boyfriend Michael Stephen Shank in January, and the duo is now fronting the campaign for the brand’s new perfume, Beyond Romance.  

 The video shows Taylor and Michael partying in New York, where they live, embracing on a rooftop near the Empire State Building and setting off fireworks, and the Victoria’s Secret Angel told Us Weekly she felt at ease on the set because she didn’t have to fake chemistry with a stranger. 

 “It was comfortable,” she gushed. “It was extra fun because it wasn’t just some random person I hadn’t met before.” 

The Ralph Lauren Beyond Romance Eau de Parfum was created by perfumer Honorine Blanc and boasts top notes of raspberry coulis, mandarin, bergamot as well as base notes of black vanilla, cashmeran, and white musks. 

 Taylor shared that the scent gives her “flashbacks of being a teenager and falling in love for the first time” and evokes the day of the photoshoot.

 “When I smell Romance, I think of the shoot day. It was a day where I got to be a tourist in my city and go to the top of the building with the Empire State Building right in front of me,” the model stated.  

 During the interview, the Ralph Lauren fragrance ambassador also revealed that fragrances would make her sneeze as a child, her first favourite scent growing up was the laundry detergent Tide, and she applies her perfume to her neck, the back of her ears and her wrist before leaving the house each day.  

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