Ralph Lauren – British Fashion Awards article by Thomas Mackie

Ralph Lauren, one of the fashion industries most iconic designers, was recognized for his life time contribution to fashion, last Monday at the British Fashion Awards, where David Beckham presented him with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The American fashion designer, whose empire has grown from strength to strength since 1967, was honored “for his invaluable contribution to the fashion industry” following in the footsteps of the likes of Anna Wintour OBE and Karl Lagerfeld who was the recipient of the award last year in 2015.

Ralph Lauren’s life work has set the tone for the fashion world and a presidency for emerging fashion designers around the world. Since the late 1960s he has made over $5 Billon, and is considered a global leader in the design and sales of premium lifestyle products, with the brand having nearly 500 stores worldwide, not including the 583 concession shops.

The award is a celebration of an individual for their significant contribution to the global fashion industry. When speaking to Vogue, Natalie Massenet, chair of the British Fashion Council, said: “Ralph Lauren is an exemplary designer and businessman. He has helped to define an era in both American and global fashion with his singular vision; I know that most of us would say he has inspired us immeasurably.” She went on to add: ”He has built an outstanding legacy and I look forward to celebrating him for years to come.”

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