Ralph Lauren documentary in the works

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has sinc…

The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.

Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has since gone on to build up a reputation for his American sportswear and preppy classics, and on Tuesday, a spokesperson for U.S. network HBO announced that the Very Ralph documentary will be released on 12 November.

“For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognised brands,” a representative said in a statement. “In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from The Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”

Very Ralph will be directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the award-winning documentarian previously made HBO projects such as 2017’s Spielberg and 2018’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

The film will also contain archive footage, interviews with Lauren’s family, as well long-standing colleagues, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jessica Chastain.

“Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in extensive interviews about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism, his inventive multi-page ad campaigns and his pioneering vision which includes a remarkable series of firsts,” they added.

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Broderick Hunter: ‘I didn’t get any guidance from Tyson Beckford’

Broderick Hunter has opened up about how he broke into the fashion industry on his own terms.The handsome star, a former face of Ralph Lauren, rose to prominence after an appearance in Ciara’s Sorry video, with the singer having first spotted him in a …

Broderick Hunter has opened up about how he broke into the fashion industry on his own terms.

The handsome star, a former face of Ralph Lauren, rose to prominence after an appearance in Ciara’s Sorry video, with the singer having first spotted him in a 2012 Dsquared2 fashion show.

And in an interview with Teen Vogue, the 28-year-old opened up on being one of the few black male models in the fashion industry, and shared that while he looked up to model Tyson Beckford – one of the first globally recognised black fashion stars – he didn’t receive any guidance from him on how to navigate the business.

“I tried looking at him as an ally because I was like, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’ And I’m sure a lot of guys felt that way as well,” Broderick told the publication. “But unfortunately, I didn’t get a single lick of guidance from Tyson Beckford.

“Tyson being who he was at that time and really opening that door, it did give me confidence. But in terms of guidance, I didn’t get much from him or really anybody.”

The former college basketball athlete also spoke about the racism he has encountered as struggled to break into the fashion industry and the continuing lack of diversity.

“I went into several different agencies who told me that they already had a black guy,” the model shared. “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh, you’re too dark.’ I’ve had numerous agencies tell me that black boys weren’t in.”

But while he conceded that the fashion business is “making advancements”, the California native, who has been dubbed one of the “sexiest men on Instagram” by editors at Harper’s Bazaar, insisted that it really hasn’t changed.

“We have all-black runway shows and we have more designers of colour, thanks largely to social media. But I don’t necessarily feel like, for the major brands, there’s enough representation,” he sighed. “People are saying, ‘Fashion has changed,’ but no it hasn’t.”

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