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Ralph Lauren marks 50th anniversary with Central Park bash

/ 05:04 PM September 09, 2018
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Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren greets the audience after the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

NEW YORK (AP) — A 19th-century fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park provided a majestic backdrop for Ralph Lauren’s star-studded 50th-anniversary blowout on Friday, a festive celebration of his past and present that included a runway show and a black-tie dinner.

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively and Jessica Chastain were just a few of the dozens of celebrities gathered to fete Lauren, 78, and his decades atop the fashion world. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, who wore Lauren’s designs at numerous key moments of her presidential campaign — including the white “suffragette” pantsuit she wore to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia.

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Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain chats before the start of the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

Kanye West

Kanye West arrives at the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

Hillary Clinton, Ricky Lauren

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, right, and Ricky Lauren pose for a photo after the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show is shown during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

“I love his clothes,” Clinton said. “You know he really was so generous and kind to help with all of my clothes during the campaign.”

It was Winfrey who had the job of toasting Lauren at dinner. “The real reason we are here is not the show,” she said. “It’s you. You Ralph Lauren, and 50 years of your designing our dreams.”

Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Katherine Langford

Katherine Langford, from left, Nick Jonas and fiancee Priyanka Chopra, attend the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

Winfrey told Lauren that he represented what was great in America. “Your story exalts our collective story,” she said. “Your designs define integrity.”

Old-fashioned trolley cars met guests on Fifth Avenue and shuttled them into the park, where the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain had been transformed into a party space. Guests sipped cocktails and watched, on towering vertical screens, highlights of Lauren shows over the years.

Then, everyone descended a granite staircase to the runway show, where velvet banquettes awaited and oriental carpets lined the floor.

The show, which fittingly began to the strains of Paul Simon’s “New York is My Home,” combined elements from various Lauren collections over the years, and included some older models who had been in early campaigns. And, in a second half celebrating the family, it included many smiling children, some small enough to be carried by the adults on the runway — and one baby fast asleep.

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Models walk the runway at the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

Lauren himself appeared on the staircase at the end, to thunderous cheers. He took a slow victory lap across the room while admirers applauded, hugged him if they were close by, or snapped photos furiously.

At dinner, which took place around the famous fountain, Lauren told the crowd that, contrary to the evening’s glamour, he wasn’t very glamorous at home. “I walk around in a ripped robe, and no towels,” he said.

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Guests attend a dinner in Central Park after the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Fashion Show is shown during New York Fashion Week, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

He was referring to Winfrey’s anecdote, offered in her toast, about how, working in Chicago early in her career, she saw owning Ralph Lauren towels as a symbol of success.

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“I vowed, if I ever got me some money I would get me some Ralph Lauren towels,” she said — specifically “bath sheets.” And she did.

Clinton, who sat next to Lauren, told the Associated Press their friendship dated back to the ’90s, when Clinton was working on a project to save American treasures, and Lauren helped save the star-spangled banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

“Ralph came forward and funded the conservation and restoration of the star-spangled banner,” she said, “and he and I were able to be there years later to once again put it on display and have it properly taken care of. His help made that happen. And we just became friends.” NVG

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