It’s only a few weeks until the Fashion Awards, but as predicted, the British Fashion Council had one more announcement up its sleeve: Ralph Lauren will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Lauren has been in the business for nearly 50 years, beginning with his menswear line in 1967. Five years later, he showed at New York Fashion Week for the first time, and launched his womenswear line. Since then, Lauren has become an icon of elite Americana, encapsulating the sportiness that American fashion is known for, and aligning himself with sports such as polo, tennis, golf, and the Olympics.
“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,” said Dame Natalie Massenet, chairman of the BFC. “I know that most of us would say he has inspired us immeasurably. He has built an outstanding legacy and I look forward to celebrating him for years to come.” The BFC is also keen to highlight Lauren’s charity work, highlighting his work for cancer research, as well as his relief efforts post 9/11.
Lauren joins Franca Sozzani and Bruce Webber in this year’s special awards honorees. He is also in good company with previous Outstanding Achievement winners as well—in the past the honor has gone to the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour.
Meanwhile, in other awards news, Vera Wang is being given the Chevalier of France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor. Exactly when she will receive the award is yet to be determined, but the designer has chosen to present her Fall 2017 collection during Paris fashion week instead of in New York. WWD reports that she will forego a traditional fashion show, instead presenting a video, which will be released as PFW begins.