Very Ralph; a close, elegant and millionaire friend

3/12 · Por HBO · Reading 2 min.

HBO presents the biographical documentary, Very Ralph, a first of its kind about the famous designer and businessman Ralph Lauren.

Lauren certainly deserves a review of his life as he is one of the most influential millionaires in America. He became an owner of a global empire that left a mark on the style of not only in his country but on a great part of the western world. 

Simple, sporty and at the same time elegant, these are perhaps the essential elements that define what is implied in the phrase, Very Lauren, or better yet, Very Ralph. Precisely, this man of incredible fortune has never stopped making us feel close, like a good friend who gives us advice on life and elegance. He’s even more of a friend today, who at 80 years of age, he’s still a success and a legend of American fashion.

Very Ralph is directed and produced by Susan Lacy, a filmmaker who has made a name for herself by producing research films on fundamental figures of American culture. With the American Masters series, Lacy won the Prime Emmy Award in 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and two Grammys for Best Featured Video for Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart in 1999 and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan in 2006, and many other number of awards and nominations, including one at the Cannes Film Festival for the 2018 documentary. Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

In Very Ralph, the experienced director uses interviews and unpublished archival material to tell us not only the story of the master businessman who tirelessly began his business with his own line of ties, but also his personality and passion for life.

Relatives, co-workers, friends and great personalities provide a wide range of anecdotes, opinions, and assertions which include Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Hillary Clinton, André Leon Talley, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, and Jessica Chastain, among others. And of course, there is Ralph Lauren himself, who takes the baton in this magnificent work.

He was a young man who worked for the Beau Brummell tie factory and then conceived his own collection. He was the creator of the Polo brand for men, the first designer to obtain an exclusive space within Bloomingdale's store in Manhattan, the first also to open his own store with his brand in the United States, in this case at the distinguished Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hill. He was the creative entrepreneur who sold his t-shirt collection under the emblem: "Every team has its color, Polo has seventeen.” He was a Hollywood movie costume designer, a mogul who has brought out his own fragrance (an unusual move at the time of inception), the owner of buildings and restaurants, the collector of more than a hundred unique automobiles. This, and much more, is Lauren; Ralph Lauren.

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