Watch Ralph Lauren's 50th Anniversary show @ NYFW

For 50 years Ralph Lauren has been a bastion of american fashion excellence a symbol of wealth and success. From humble beginnings and with no formal training in fashion Ralph Lauren real name Ralph Lifshitz built a fashion empire that has rivalled great fashion houses like Chanel, Gucci and Armani. I remember wanting Ralph Lauren even before I knew what it was the man on the horse is one of the worlds most iconic logos. Ralph Lauren's success is a testament to the power of the dreams what can happen when creativity meets will power.

Ralph Lauren's 50th anniversary fashion show was an extravagant star studded affair held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton were the most notable attendees at the show amongst a whole host famous influential people. The show featured vintage trademark Ralph Lauren designs staring off with elegant formal tailored looks slowly progressing into more casual versatile looks.The one thing that I realise when I look at the 50th anniversary collection is that Ralph Lauren is much more than just clothes its culture a feeling a state of mind. Fashion has always been about the story look at any of the great fashion houses you will find a great story and Ralph Lauren is one of the greatest of them all.

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Cover image photography by Pietro D’aprano

Quote Image photography by Mark Seliger

Video creator: Ralph Lauren 

Words by Kwame aka Gideon Asibi

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