Anna Wintour: We can all learn from Ralph Lauren’s success

Anna Wintour says Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary celebration of his eponymous label was her favourite moment of New York Fashion Week.

The 68-year-old Vogue editor was among the guests at Ralph’s show and gala dinner at the Bethesda Terrace fountain in Manhattan’s Central Park and Anna has described the event as a “monumental moment”.

In a YouTube video from Vogue in which she looks back on the highlights from New York Fashion Week, she said: “New York Fashion Week started with such a monumental moment in American fashion history with Ralph Lauren’s fantastic celebration to his 50 years in the business. I think that’s a lesson we can all learn that in the end you have to follow your own beliefs and your own vision and Ralph has always stuck to that mantra.”

Anna believes the 2018 event was more inclusive than previous years and admitted she loved seeing the work from new designers supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America fund – which offers a grant and mentorship to emerging American design talent.

She said: “All of us at Vogue through our work with the CFDA Fashion fund has supported young talent for over 15-years and we’ll continue always to do so. But somehow this season more than any, they seem so full of energy and so full of ideas and so convincing in their belief of dressing their communities and believing in their communities.

“Putting young men and women in their shows that were either their friends or people they knew or admired and it was very inclusive.”

The British editor also enjoyed the return of some favourite designers such as Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, as well as the determination of models and designers caught in bad weather conditions.

She said: “People might trudge through the rain to some locations and get drenched but it didn’t really matter because it was such an optimistic experience. It was a whole group of them from Telfar to enjoying having Rodarte back with us, we saw Proenza back with us it’s like the older generation but also true to who they are.”

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