Ralph Lauren: Sign of the times?

It's been a milestone year for Ralph Lauren, who has been celebrating 40 years of WASP-inspired fashion, which he has successfully taken all over the world. This should be no surprise, as it's not like Lauren has been quiet about it. Along with a gala event held during fashion week in Central Park in New York, he has had wall-to-wall coverage of his anniversary in almost every fashion magazine on the planet from the ultra-mainstream to the uber-edgy.  I must have seen at least 10 multi-page spreads, celebrating Lauren and his contribution to fashion. To his credit, Ralph Lauren has had something genuinely impressive to celebrate. How many other American designers (or any designer, for that matter) can boast of…

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